Single Vineyard Winemaking Philosophy
There are two fundamental art forms that a great winemaker needs in order to rise above the pack: the art of blending and the art of the Single Vineyard. Both are very demanding and tedious and can be rewarding in their own ways. A master blender finds greatness in his/her aptitude to build a puzzle from pieces that do not seem to match or that looks unimportant and sometimes undesirable. The sum of the pieces is always much greater than the individual pieces themselves. The art of the Single Vineyard is to elevate a single wine to greatness. The Single Vineyard art is often much more demanding because the final wine has to be crafted without the help of any other wines, no blending allowed here. What this means is that the vineyard itself has to provide a complex and balanced wine on its own, our options at the winery are few and far in between.
Riesling is one of the varietals that best reflects the place where it's been grown. Riesling's strong correlation to its terroir comes - in great part - from its winemaking requirements: Riesling does not like to be blended, does not like oak and does not like Malolactic fermentation. Riesling's winemaking requirements are about reducing the options available to alter its sense of place. A Single Vineyard Riesling is probably the purest form of expression of a single piece of dirt. It is pure liquid from the earth in which it has been grown - and you should be able to taste that.
The art of the Single Vineyard Riesling is its most difficult and also its most rewarding expression. The wines are made with no safety net and each operation in the vineyard is critical. Our Single Vineyards are farmed sustainably and Biodynamically, and we harvest all our grapes by hand. At the winery, we exclusively use native yeast fermentation to avoid introducing any outside element that could alter the expression of the vineyard through the Riesling.
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