In 2015, we suffered up to 45% losses in several blocks. It was an early start, but cool weather during flowering in May contributed to a less than normal fruit set. The berries that did set were generally much smaller than usual. Once the set was complete, we had warm to very warm conditions up to and through harvest. There was no rush to judgement on when to pick, we had plenty of space at the winery for the short crop, and all the fruit was in before the winter storms started to line up off the coast. Initially, I did not pass judgement on this vintage; but now having tasted all the wines in bottle – it is a great one in all respects.
This micro lot was made up of a blend of the three blocks that we use for Cabernet within the To Kalon vineyard. The B and D blocks were fermented together while the F block was kept apart from anything else. After blending, this was put into a single new Darnajou barrel where it stayed until bottling, 19 months later