Brimming with nuances of dark plum, wild strawberry and dried fig that merge with an intriguing collection of wild flowers, hoisin, malt, dried meat and lavender. The mouthfeel skillfully weaves this diversity together allowing the wine to remain both fresh, grippy and savoury.
This is 100% Melville estate fruit from our ranch in Los Alamos and is named in honour of Rom Melville's mother. Verna's vineyard is composed of seven different clones (based on Estrellsa, Shiraz and Tablas). 40% of the grapes were fermented as whole-cluster and 60% de-stemmed in small 1.5 ton open-top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averaged 30 days (a 7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral containers (old French oak) where it remained sur lie (on the yeasts) without sulphur until May, when it was racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August. Yields were 3.1 lbs/vine (2.7 tons/acre).
90 Points - Robert Parker
"I am continually blown away by what they are able to put in the bottle" - Robert Parker
"Off-the-charts good ... these are some of the greatest wines in the world of wine today" - The Wine Advocate
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
91 Points - Stephen Tanzer