Hope's Cuvée Chardonnay
During the 2019 harvest our team made three passes through the vineyard – the original vines from the 1980s were picked first, the younger, replanted vines as a separate lot and a third pick for clone differences later allowing fruit to ripen perfectly for all sections. The fruit was whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented with native microflora. To preserve acidity and freshness, the wines were stopped at 50% malolactic fermentation. The wines were aged sur lie in 50% new oak with batonnage for 8 months prior to bottling.
The 2019 Hope’s Cuvee Chardonnay is a stellar expression of the Chardonnay fruit from our oldest estate block. Rich and generous, the wine has a vibrant energy with balanced acidity. The opulent yet fresh bouquet of orange blossoms, citrus oils, lemon meringue and white florals offer a striking interplay with the honey like texture which integrates the oak profile perfectly. This textural richness should take this wine a long way, as it opens further in your glass. A wonderful accompaniment to food, or on its own, this wine is intriguing and charming.Wine Resources
The grapes were picked in the range of 24.5-26 Brix. The vintage yielded concentrated berries with compact flavors, in spite of the high yields. The grapes were destemmed, thoroughly hand sorted and fermented with native yeast. 18 months in 65% new French Oak allowed the wine to soften with the aromas developing harmoniously. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
Rich, dynamic and concentrated, the 2019 “Padrone” Cabernet Sauvignon is a striking wine. This vibrant, dense Cabernet is packed with black cherry, red and black currant, plum and blueberry jam. This stunning bouquet is wonderfully nuanced with licorice, menthol, lavender and dark chocolate. Opulent and big bodied, the mid-palate is weighted leading into a vibrant finish of tobacco leaf, herbal tea, and mocha. Deeply textured with exceptional balance, this wine will reveal so much more in the years to come.Wine Resources
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