Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the first vintage made entirely on the Estate.
The season was influenced by La Nina weather conditions, resulting in a very mild spring, a warm summer with high sunshine hours and a long, lingering autumn. In spite of being dry we had infrequent, but well-spaced showers keeping the vines very happy. It was one of the earliest seasons experienced in the region.
At picking the fruit was in beautiful condition and physiologically ripe.
Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed around 30 days of skin contact. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), 10% new, for 11 months.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and very low levels of sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.