Grower Report by Lee Hudson - A Year of Refined Elegance
After nearly 4 years of drought, 2016 broke the cycle with a mild moist winter quenching the soil profile with rain. The growing season started frost free with early bud break and nearly perfect shoot growth. This led to a healthy mid-April bloom setting the stage for a early harvest. The summer ripened a moderate but healthy crop, evenly and slowly. Harvest conditions were ideal and without any rush, we brought in fruit that reflects a vintage of refined elegance.
Winemaker’s comments by Christopher Vandendriessche
2016 Produced a very flavorful rosé with a racy tart structure. The grapes were hand-picked and whole cluster pressed for delicacy and style, and then fermented in 3-5 year old French oak barrels. After fermentation we decided to allow 50% of the barrels to continue through malolactic fermentation. This gave a balancing richness and silkiness and reduced the tart edge. Stirring the barrels during this secondary fermentation avoided the accumulation of any buttery flavors.