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.
Reminiscent of our beloved 2014 vintage, we’ve returned to a Seyval Blanc styled in the profile of Sauvignon Blanc, with bright, fresh acidity and a mouth-cleansing palate. Fermented and aged in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, this wine is a perfect shellfish and lighter fare white…or just for enjoying in the summer heat! 97 cases produced.
The 2016 Merlot opens immediately with an explosion of fruit on the nose (decanting not required), and carries forward onto the palate where the medium body weight finishes with a surprisingly solid structure. The slight earthiness on this wine lingers well after it has left the palate. 170 cases produced.
The 2016 Chardonnay off of a half acre planted on Josie’s Knoll is a full-bodied, round, golden-colored wine aged in Acacia barrels for approximately 10 months. Though the wine is completely dry, the Acacia lends a sweeter note to the Chardonnay rather than the toastiness of traditional oak barrels and ends with an almost viscous mouthfeel. 73 cases produced.
The 2015 Petit Manseng sits between 2-3% residual in an off-dry style that actually proves very versatile. The pear cider notes and slight sweetness along with balanced naturally occurring acidity on the finish allow this wine to serve not only as a dessert option, but also as both an aperitif or with the right food pairing, such as spicy curry dishes or a salty goat cheese. 140 cases made.
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.