black fruit

Growing Conditions

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