Planted in 2000 on a gentle north facing slope with a mix of clones, and undergoing organic conversion since 2018. Soils are predominately loess over deep silts that have developed pedogenic lime deposits.
Grapes are hand-harvested at the end of March and carefully destemmed, with a small portion of whole bunch, into open top fermenters and wooden cuves for fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barriques, 20% new, for around 10 months.
Medium dark purple with clear hues, showing fragrant blackberry and raspberry with hints of liquorice, black pepper and clove. Richly textured with lovely minerality, supporting sweet red plum, cherry and spice. Complex with a long and silky sweet berry finish, this is quite exquisite drinking.
It's lightweight but not without substance or layers. Gentle berry notes mingle with savory, mushroom and soy sauce nuances. It really comes to life on the palate, which is both vivacious and structured, the chalky tannins and crunchy acidity jiving with juicy, silky fruit. Elegant, poised and highly drinkable. Drink now and over the next five to eight years. 94 points.
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