A most versatile variety, Shiraz can produce greatness across a perplexing breadth of terroir. In our cold climate we sit on the edge of its climatic range and each year we are astonished at its expression of our place. Our 2003 crop was only half its usual low yield and only 100 cases have been produced. A cool rather wet spring and summer was followed by a beautiful mild autumn allowing slow ripening of the small crop. Handpicked on May 12, fruit was partially destemmed into small open fermenters with natural wild ferment in its own time and gentle hand plunging. After a long slow ferment, pressed and gravity transferred to small old oak, natural malolactic ferment occurred with the warmth and new life of spring. Falling bright with gravity our wines are neither fined nor filtered and in some years show an opaque richness as testament to this natural process. Bottled by hand using natural corks, our wine of course contains no animal products or GMOs.