Windy growing and ripening periods resulted in smaller berries, which will lead to good concentration of both colour and flavor making 2020 vintage an exceptional year for red wines.
the 2014 vintage were very fruit forward with soft tannins. The winter of 2013 was very wet which allowed the buildup of very good water reserves. Rain during end of January, beginning of February with subsequent warm weather afterwards caused very fast ripening of the grapes and thus sped up the harvesting. We managed to pick our grapes at the right level of ripeness and great colour intensity.
Soil & Terroir
all the grpes were harvested by hand. Two of the 3 vineyards were in their 12th vintage with the third vineyard in its 11th year of production. The 3 vinyards were vinified and kept separate for the entire maturation period for us to monitor the potential of each vineyards for the future path to go.
Pump-overs 4 times a day with punch downs. Total time on skins was 12 days. After pressing the older vineyards received 30% new oak with the balance of third fill for malo-lactic. The younger vineyards did their malo-lactic in 2nd fill barrels and 10% new oak. During maturation of 14 months the wines were racked once after malo-lactic and once thereafter. Bottling was done in January 2015.
4* John Platter
Alc: 14.35 vol%
Total Extract: 32.9 g/l
Res sugar: 2.7 g/l
T.A: 5.8 g/l
V.A: 0.65 g/l
Goes well with Braised Oxtail and as your best companion on those cold winter days.