They pick everything that’s ripe in two passes. Each pick represents between four and six varieties. The fruit was destemmed and macerated for three days then pressed into a tank. The juice was then barreled down for fermentation. This wine received seven months of elevage on lees with no battonage and topped every 14 days in neutral 225L barrels. The two lots were racked together for bottling. As always - unfined, unfiltered, and has no SO2.
The eight acres of grapevines found at Sunhawk Farms were planted twenty years ago by John Schaeffer, a pioneer of natural products and solar energy, who bought the 300-acre property and built an ideal retreat up the mountain next to Duncan Springs Peak.
John’s Demeter-certified vineyard includes a 17th-century inspired lavender labyrinth at the top of the vineyard, a 2,500-tree olive orchard, and 4 blocks of mixed (predominantly Rhône) red and white grape varieties planted on volcanic and serpentine soils. John and foreman Manuel Nunez are committed to developing and maintaining a biodynamic and self-sustaining ecosystem where biodiversity and regenerative practices are at the forefront. Vines are treated with herbs, minerals, and manure, much of which are sourced from the property itself.
Varietal: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre Counoise, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Viognier, Picpoul Blanc, Roussanne