2016 Esmè Rouge
100% Estate Grown. 50% Gamay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier. The Gamay for this wine is the newest player in our vineyard, making its inaugural debut. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier were sourced from one of our east facing blocks, originally planted in 1998. The Gamay underwent wild yeast whole cluster carbonic maceration for 3 weeks, without any addition of sulfur. The Pinot Noir/Meunier was whole berry, wild yeast fermented, again without sulfur, for 4 weeks. Matured in old barriques and puncheon, and bottled without fining and filtration in March 2017. Minimal sulfur added just prior to bottling.
The wine opens with an intensely perfumed nose, showing wild strawberry and redcurrants with hints of violets and wild fennel. Medium bodied, the palette is sweet’n’savoury, full of juicy red fruits, with fine/chalky tannins. This wine has great length and persistence, with a wonderful fine spice and lively acidity to finish.
1200 bottles produced. Alc 13%. Cellar to 2022 Price: $38Buy Now