Seadragon is our oldest vineyard of Pinot noir and our first glimpse in to the possibilities open to this grape variety and its grasp of our soils on this farm. It is the sole component of the first 2008 vintage of the Family Vineyards label and remains the archetype of our style. For us this vineyard, at its best, is the most profound, ornate and complete wine from one parcel that we produce and is unmistakable in its consistency. The wine may be full of succulence, intensity, floral aromatics, delicacy and spice, all brought together with sumptuous grip. It seems as though the roots draw from every component of the soil, from the dark, loose, carbon-rich layers above, to the red iron-rich clay below. As it matures the growth in the vineyard is restrained and easy to handle, and the yield of grapes is small and intensely flavoured.
Platter’s ****(*) 93/100
Farm’s oldest pinot noir block & richest-fruit wine. Multi-layered 2018 offers intense cherries, raspberries, but also violets, with an underlying earthy, savoury element. Spent 20 days on skins, 15 months small barrels. Epitomises the variety, sinewy elegance & power.
Matured for 11 months in 228L barrels produced in Burgundy and custom made for this vineyard. Tighter grained oak is preferred for subtle flavour, with longer seasoning and slower, lower temperature toasting. New oak comprises 25%. The wine is racked to older oak barrels for another 6 months of élevage. No fining and filtration before bottling.