Consistent with our approach to getting the most from these old vines, this wine was harvested from successive passes through the Old Block over several weeks. By hand selecting choice fruit from these old vines, the best parcels could be separated allowing for this fine wine to shine through. This method leaves a considerable portion of fruit on the vine, but permits the exclusion of shriveled fruit as well as green berries.
Moreover, this process responds to the natural variation within the vineyard block caused by aspect, warmth and exposure to wind and sunlight. A small percentage of whole bunch fermentation adds perfume and lift to the nose, and builds further tannic structure.