The Carver Vineyard was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a small section of Cab Franc in the 1980’s. Calcareous took over management of it in 1999 and treat it as part of our Estate. The age and location in York Mountain allow us to dry farm the vineyard. The 2018 vintage was an extremely steady growing year, temperature wise, allowing the vines to produce exact even ripening. These are the vintages that truly make themselves, requiring only the slightest hand of the winemaker.
The fruit was handpicked cluster sorted before destemming and transferred to 4 ton concrete open top fermenters without cracking the skins. Twice daily pump overs and the occasional delestage were used to coax out juice from the berries. After 15 days on skins, the must ws gently pressed and all fractions combined for 48 hours of settling. The rough Cabernet was then transferred to 40% new French Oak barrels for aging. After 20 months, the barrels were racked out to form the final wine and was bottled with no filtration.