Our wines are inspired by the famous Côtes du Rhône wines from the South of France, in particular the wonderful Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These wines are almost all based on Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre, and often with a little Cinsault thrown in for good measure. These are the varieties we have growing in our vineyard.
Our first harvest was in 2015 and we produced just a single barrel. A co-fermented blend of 50% Grenache and 25% each of Syrah and Mourvedre, this wine exceeded all of our expectations and ignited our desire to show the world the quality that we can produce in Santa Ana. This wine is reserved for friends, family, and visitors lucky enough to catch us in a very good mood.
2016 was a complicated year for all Chilean wineries. A very cool growing season was followed by exceptionally heavy and very early Autumn rains. We were lucky enough to harvest most of our Grenache and Syrah two days before the first storm. Unfortunately, we still lost about a quarter of those varieties to the weather, and all of our later harvesting Mourvedre. We co-fermented the Grenache and Syrah with wild yeasts and produced 7 barrels in total.
Despite our initial concerns about the quality, the wine turned out to be stellar, and very much a faithful representation of the grapes’ growing season: Fresh and fruity, with excellent acidity and balance, and relatively low alcohol, at 13%.
We probably won’t produce another wine like this for years, but if we ever see another season like 2015-2016, we’ll know not to worry!