Our first wine aged in our 1500L foudre, known as “Shay’s Cask” after one of our granddaughters, the 2016 Cabernet Franc is loaded with cherries on the nose and continues to show a cherry compote profile on the palate. A clean, plush wine with a savory component to balance the fruitiness, it pairs well with duck, pork and chicken dishes.
It’s back! Our nod to our UVA nostalgia, this year’s Rotunda Red is a blend of 53% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Pinotage. Aged entirely in stainless tanks with the exception of the Pinotage in Shay’s Cask, this is a monster of a wine, dark purple in color and big in structure. Decanting is recommended for as long as possible (24 hours if you can!) to allow this young wine to open up.
The 2017 Merlot epitomizes the absolutely gorgeous growing conditions of the 2017 vintage. A concentrated, powerful wine, this 100% varietal Merlot off of our Josie’s Knoll vineyard has ripe raspberry fruit on the nose with a touch of earthy undercurrent. The fruit explodes on the mid-palate with a slightly darker profile, balancing the full-body structure with surprisingly soft tannin on the finish. 300 cases produced.
The 2016 Chardonnay off of a half acre planted on Josie’s Knoll is a full-bodied, round, golden wine aged in Acacia barrels for approximately 10 months. The Acacia lends a sweeter, honeyed note to the Chardonnay rather than the toastiness of traditional oak barrels and adds to a viscous quality on the palate. 73 cases produced.
Our 2016 Pinotage is unlike any we have produced thus far, with Pinot Noir notes overwhelmingly on display in the bouquet of cherries that hits both nose and palate. This wine is simply elegant and beautifully balanced, aged in neutral oak barrels for 10 months. Pairs with anything from fish to lighter meat dishes as well as charcuterie. 167 cases produced.