Near perfect conditions in 2015 with a cool January and warm spells in February and March allowed for gradual maturation, great acid retention, and solid crop with even ripeness. Phenolic maturity (brown seeds/stems) was spot on, and we took the opportunity to experiment with skin contact on whites and more whole bunch use in reds. While it wasn’t the easiest year, it was certainly the most exciting, and wines from this vintage are showing great vitality and aging potential.
Vineyard: Napoleone Block 3 Soil type: Sandy loam on clay base
Aspect: North East Clones : SA125
Yeast: F15 Oak: All French barriques, 25% new
Coopers: Taransaud, Bossnet, Saury Racked: August 2015
Bottled: 21st August 2015 Alcohol: 14.0%