Windansea is a large 2.5ha vineyard planted on the highest part of the slope before encountering shallow bedrock and mountainside behind the winery. The shallow, dense clay below the surface is a major feature of the soil and ascribes for the more muscular structure and presence. With majestic views to the sea, the vineyard is also the most exposed to wind and is constantly suppressed in the vigour of its growth. Thicker skins on the berries produce deeper and darker tones. The succulent tang of red and black fruit is persistent in the fringes, but it is the firmer body and backbone that define the wine of the vineyard. The roots find their way early into the heavy clay and even as young vines they deliver these characteristics. The use of whole bunches and stems are especially useful here in helping to accentuate the acidity and spiciness and to align the tannin structure.
T A S T I N G N O T E S
Windansea is brazen in its rush of dense fruit and intense spice. It has rigid definition rooted in clay. The lush black and red fruits fall away to a savoury core, peppered with the smell of minerals, earth and iodine. Every so often the faint smell of violets waft your way. The firm framework and granular tannins in the mouth clench to a dense ball of succulent fruit, lengthened by fine, sinewy tannins in the finish.
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 28%. The wine is racked to larger 500L oak barrels for another 6 months of élevage. No fining and filtration before bottling.