Grower Report by Lee Hudson
Winter 2015 was dry and warm leading to a very early February bud break. Fortunately, spring was warm and devoid of frost. A long spring lead into a successful bloom. Followed by good shoot growth and mild seasonable temperatures. By August it was apparent that after three healthy harvests, 2015 was going to be a light crop. But light crops always get lighter and our actual yields were much smaller than anticipated. Due to the light crop and the warm end of August and September we picked the crop more rapidly than ever before. Due to our professional crew and our concerted efforts we were able to accomplish harvest without any negative effects. 2015 was early, light, fast and delicious.Winemaker Comments by Christopher Vandendriessche
We love a challenge and I believe we exceeded expectations in 2015. The combination of our earliest budbreak on record and an unseasonably cold May resulted in regulated yields from the onset of the growing season. Harvest took place in one pass on September 9th and this light crop amounted to unparalleled concentration and skin ripeness as compared to previous vintages. Naturally structured and tannic we found it necessary to destem 100% of the fruit. A cool primary fermentation was spontaneous and lasted a total of 19 days. Gentle extraction was critical in an effort to maintain elegance and a soft balance in an otherwise deeply concentrated vintage. The Syrah was bottled after spending a total of 20 months in French Oak. Black olives, fresh blackberries, iron minerality, fire roasted meats, fennel, structured and concentrated.