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Big Basin Vineyards Homestead 2014

Red Wines

Big Basin Vineyards Homestead 2014

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Big Basin Vineyards Homestead 2014


Santa Cruz & Gabilan Mountains

35% Mourvedre, 27% Grenache, 19% Carignan, 16% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the majority of the fruit sourced from a selection of high lying sites, with vines aged between 20-80 years old planted on granite/limestone soils. Each parcel is vinified separately in small 1.5 tonne fermenters in the same way - cold soak, whole berry spontaneous fermentation, daily punch downs, and upon completion of primary ferment, transfer to old oak barrels for 11 months ageing. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

In the same way as the Gabilan site GSM, the Homestead Rhone blend displays immense intensity and structure. Raspberries and redcurrants, crushed flowers and anise on the nose, with a rocky character prevalent on both the nose and palate. Exuberant and bright fruits on the palate, spice, leather and fine tannins. Decant at least 30 mins before drinking and swirl away.  Will drink for years to come.

Press: Structured yet elegant with beautiful direct black cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit. Very refined with good structure and nice freshness. Lovely compact fruit. Such elegance. 94/100. Dr Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak.

Big Basin Vineyards is located on the steep hillsides of the Santa Cruz mountains, established in 2002, with the mission to restore an ancient vineyard on the same site planted 100 years before. Working organically since day one, with the help of cover crops and organic compost, they have rescued the previously poor and eroded soil, planting vines 1,300 feet above sea level on mostly mudstone/sandstone soils. As well as producing wine from these ocean influenced, windswept sites, they also work with a large site in the Gabilan mountains, 2200 feet above sea level, planted on decomposed granite soils. Although not certified organic, this is also farmed organically and sustainably to meet the Big Basin philosophy. In the cellar, work is conducted gently and with minimal handling, with the only addition, at most being a drop or two of sulphur.

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