The Small Blessing series, aptly named for their small lot production, are singular expressions of special vineyard blocks which have proven themselves vintage after vintage. The wines are made with minimal intervention in the cellar using techniques that are often labour intensive, but which allow the fruit to shine.
2017 Small Blessings Be Fruitful - When presented with the rare opportunity to work with the Italian varietals Teroldego and Lagrein, it was an obvious choice to match the fruit up with our Syrah and Italian clay egg to create a family tree wine, as all three grapes are related back through the evolution of the grapevine. Hand harvested and hand destemmed, the wine shows an amazing savoury character along with dark fruit, rich mouthfeel, lively acidity and a terrific tannin profile. The earthiness of the wine pairs beautifully with roasted wild game or duck, and cheese boards. 36 cases produced.
2016 Small Blessings Viognier - This is a unique wine as it was fermented and aged in a clay egg which was lined with beeswax. The oxidative nature of the clay was partially offset by the beeswax lining, helping to create a wine with a slight oxidative character, but which still allows the fruit profile to show through. The egg shape also helps to maintain convection currents in the wine, acting to continuously circulate the lees which gave the wine its rich mouthfeel.
2017 Small Blessings Semillon - we didn’t set out to make a varietal Semillon, instead these two barrels were destined to be blended into our Sauvignon Blanc; however, after tasting the Semillon we knew it was a standout on its own. Beautiful floral and honey notes on the nose are supported by fresh acidity and a great texture from its time in barrel. Pairs wonderfully with roasted chicken, shellfish or Brie cheese. 47 cases produced.
2016 Small Blessings Cabernet Sauvignon - this wine represents years of plotting and planning to create a barrel fermentation program with enough substance to match up with the method. The design came together smoothly, but the fruit took a little more time to discover. Eventually we looked closer to home at our estate vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon vines, planted in 1995, and uncovered an unknown potential from our own site. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine fulfills a bit of a dream. Pair with steak frites, roast beef, or any mushroom dish.
60 cases produced.