We were able to work with Les Collines all year and secure four rows of great Syrah from Block 31. Four Rows is not a lot, which allowed us to grab some premium fruit.
Les Collines Vineyard with Milky Way
For this Syrah we did two separate harvest dates, 9/24/19 & 10/7/19 to capture different sugar and acid levels. (Learn more about harvest decisions from our Winemaking Videos)
Brix 23.1 - pH 3.52 - TA 5.4 g/L
Brix 24.5 - pH 3.55 - TA 5.0 g/L
This was an extremely fun wine to make and put together. Like already mentioned, we had two separate harvests (1st Pick & 2nd Pick) from our rows. From our 1st pick, we pulled away 400 lbs and sealed that fruit in a fermenter with dry ice (frozen CO2) for Carbonic Maceration. We co-fermented our first pick with 8% Viognier and 400 lbs Whole Cluster for 20% stem.
When we pulled the trigger on our 2nd Pick, 10/7. we brought out that fermenter that had been undergoingCarbonic Macerationand parked the fermenter under our destemmer. We used that Whole Cluster Carbonic Fruit for the stems for our 2nd Pick. This pick was co-fermented with 2% Viognier.
TheCapswere punched three times per day and the wines were pressed when the tannic structure was in line with our style. These were aged in french oak barrels for 14 months.
The fruit for this cabernet was sourced from Seven Hills and Cockburn Ranch vineyards. Both these spots are ideal for Cabernet, but since they are on opposite sides of the Walla Walla Valley, they produce two totally different styles of Cabernet.
With such different growing conditions from these two vineyards, our harvest dates were quite different.
Seven Hills - 10/12
Brix 24.2 - pH 3.53 - TA 5.2 g/L
Cockburn - 10/23
Brix 24.6 - pH 3.51 - TA 5.17 g/L
Both these lots of Cabernets were fully destemmed into small 2 ton fermenters. They were inoculated with BM 45 yeast and the caps were punched down three times per day. The fermentation was long and slow and the wine was pressed when the tannin structure was ideal. The wine was then put into barrels, which included 25% new French oak.