Time is a factor that deserves special attention. We refuse to go ‘with the times’ – in order to give our wines all the time that they need.
‘Letting the wine happen’, as a conscious contrast to today’s more typical attitude of ‘make the wine’…
We were the first to adopt the practice of bottling premium-quality single vineyard wines with screw cap closures. Since then we’ve been considered pioneers and ‘modernists’.
That being said, as far as our wine production philosophy is concerned, we are actually quite conservative. Despite the state-of-the-art technology, we put our money on the quality-supportive practices with which great wines have been made for centuries – grapes harvested by hand in small containers, gentle cellar work such as whole-berry pressing, spontaneous fermentation and extended lees-contact, followed by a late bottling. So our single vineyard wines are always bottled in July of the year following the vintage; they go on sale well rested in September.