Jasper Hill 2004 Emily's Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc



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Winery/Brand: Jasper Hill


A co-fermented blend which may be unique in the world, but it works. Essentially still a Shiraz, the small quantity of well integrated Cabernet France adds to its complexity, but ultimately the vineyard terroir distinguishes it from Georgia’s. This one is a beauty. With the usual spicy aromas, it finishes firmer than 2001 with fantastic structure and elegance



The Story

Mininal intervention is used during fermentation and maturation, allowing terroir or earth character of the individual paddock or plot to emerge in the wine. More importantly the grapes at harvest are flavour ripe, regardless of sugar ripeness. Underscoring the quality of the soils, at vintage the grapes retain high levels of natural acidity. Acid adjustment is rarely ever needed, even when sugar levels reach 14 Baume or higher. All fermentation is carried out by indigenous(native or wild) yeasts present on the grape skins. All pressings are returned for completeness of the wine. The red wines are then racked off gross lees into small French and American oak barriques (20 percent new each year) for oak maturation of about 15 months with no racking or fining or filtration.Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in the barrel without any inducement during late spring. After blending, they are given a course filtration just prior to bottling on our own state-of-the-art equipment.

The Specs

GrapesCabernet Franc
PackagingGlass Bottle