Vintage 2014 did see nature throw us a few curve balls. Good winter and early spring rains were very welcome, high winds in Spring saw some varieties set unevenly and the unseasonal frost in November claimed a number casualties across the valley. The warm dry summer days resulted in some significant heat records being set, luckily these were tempered with cooler nights, all elements indicating vintage would be rushed and swift.
The game changer, around a 100ml of rain fell in 24 hours on February 14. The cool weather that followed considerably slowed down what was shaping up to be a rushed early vintage. The rest progressed at an almost leisurely pace delivering outstanding fruit, incredible balance, weight and acidity.
The yields and quality across our three estates was consistent and like all ‘even’ years 2014 will be classified as another great vintage.
Picked in mid February at night, the fruit was de- stemmed and immediately bag pressed under inert gas. The free run and pressing were kept together and fermented between 13 and 14°C. 12% of the wine was aged in new French oak while the balance remained in stainless steel. Bottled after 12 month élevage.