MAHA Estate Grenache and James Berry Vineyard Syrah
There is perfection in imperfection. Inspired by the sweet wines of Banyuls, the 2016 Neo Noir is crafted from beautiful yet puckered drought stressed MAHA Grenache and James Berry Syrah clusters, that would otherwise be discarded, to make this delicious dark nectar. It has since become an annual tiny passion project. The Grenache and Syrah were co-fermented to bring up the acidity and freshness. The must was bathed in grape spirits a little more than half way through fermentation, preserving just the right amount of sweetness. After pressing, the sweet wine was transferred to basket wrapped glass bon-bons to concentrate in the sun for 12 months reducing and caramelizing the wine. Another two years in French oak added the scent of vanilla.
“She’s layered and complex while still retaining a twisted dark wit.”