The 2016 growing season was a welcomed one for the Flowers team when compared to the turbulent year prior. Much needed winter rains came in December and January which broke the dry cycle from the last four years, filling ponds and replenishing nutrients in our soils. Temperatures were cool enough on the estate to postpone bud break to the beginning of March; still early but not compared to prior years. A warm spring hinted at the potential of an accelerated growing season, providing fully developed clusters. Mild summer temperatures resulted in even ripening, and the balanced presence of coastal fog brought the phenolic chemistry of the fruit to optimal harvest levels during late August.
All fruit was hand-picked and fed by gravity into a neutral wood tank for a cold soak at 50 degrees for 6 days prior to native fermentation. The wine underwent manual punch-downs twice a day and was left in contact with the skins for 18 days of total tank time. The finished wine was pressed on the skins using a modern basket press and transferred directly to barrel. Cellared in 100% French oak, 25% new, for 16 months. Unfined and unfiltered before bottling.
Sourced entirely from our organic and biodynamically farmed Sea View Ridge Vineyard. Give the extremes of this site,including elevations of 1,400 to 1,875 feet, each small block ripens at its own pace. e soils on the ridgetops are shallow and rocky with a mix of volcanic soils in the lower blocks and broken sandstone and shale higher up which naturally restrains yields. is Pinot Meunier was sourced exclusively from Block 19, where the slope is so steep that the vines are terraced and soils are shallow, rocky and heavily influenced by volcanic intrusions and high iron content. Planted in 1998, these Pinot Meunier vines produce fruit with layers of complexity and wines with exceptional concentration and natural acidity.
- Aging100% French Oak, 25% new, for 16 months