Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the fifth vintage made entirely on the Estate.
A really hot summer produced a ripe crop at slightly higher sugar levels than usual. Such was the quality that we reserved a small portion of the Abel clone to bottle separately..
Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. This was followed by a long slow post fermentation maceration. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), none new, for 18 months.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and no added sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.