The 2018 Moose is a showcase for the Syrah from our 2.65-acre block 8 clone 99 Syrah planted in 2002. This block is planted on an extremely steep section of our estate; thus, the limestone is exposed with almost no top soil. The resulting fruit is a prime example of what farming on high pH (9.2) soils can produce. We blended in Petit Verdot from the neighboring Glenrose, containing similar soil structure. 2018 was a literal dream vintage, with environmental factors all perfectly cooperating to produce ideal growing conditions. As a rule, wines from this vintage are the ideal representation of our terrior.
The Syrah for this vintage was de-stemmed and fermented in 3.5 ton open top concrete tanks. Twice daily pump overs were performed until 70% completion of fermentation. We then, changed to gentle punch downs to ease extraction of flavors for a total of 19 days on skins. The tanks were pressed and 50% racked into a new French Oak tank, 20% into Gamba and Fouially barrels. The remaining 30% was aged in neutral French barrels. Aged for 18 months with no racking until being pumped out for bottling.