Grown biologically on our own Estate. 4 year old vines in their first year of production produced only around 120 cases.
Our sloping terrain allowed us to escape the spring frosts that weren't so kind to others in the valley. December 06 was however extremely cold, giving us a wonderful introduction to cool climate wine-growing. Interrupted flowering resulted in very small, open clusters with tiny berries which ripened well in the warm, dry and settled Autumn.
Hand harvesting began on 4 April 2007, and ended on 27 April. Ripeness was such that the harvest was 90% destemmed without crushing. Natural wild fermentation in a combination of small vats and barrels, was helped along only with gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed after about 16 days maceration on the skins. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise and our ultra expensive Dom Laurent Magic Casks), about 60% new, for 11 months. Fined with organic egg whites. Bottled under screw-cap. Released late 2010.
A small but very good vintage. Hints of graphite, earth, incense, and spice over dark berry fruits (cherry and plum) mingle seamlessly with complex floral and savoury notes. Deep colour and good concentration. Continues to develop in the glass till the bottle is empty. Alcohol, acid and oak are in perfect balance making the wine very drinkable on release. Fine-grained, almost chalky, tannin structure, together with juicy fruit sweetness fills the mouth and the senses, and the moderately long finish ensures you enjoy every sip. It has the potential to age gracefully.