The fruit for this wine comes off of the biodynamic Gemtree Vineyard in the Vale proper and is the vineyard that really pulls at the strings of Dave & Koen. The biodynamic farming of the vineyard is not limited to just the vines, but also the 300 acres of flowers, plants, etc. The harmonious biodiversity reaches across the aisle so to speak. Two of the hallmarks of Dave and Koen are their experimentation (a skinsy Verdelho) and their playful spirit. The name for this cuvée came from Dave thinking ‘Salsa Verde’ was easier to write on the barrels than VDLHO, so they took the name and ran with it. If there’s anything these guys can teach, it’s that you have to go where the spirit is moved to go.
The fruit was picked in a single pass where Y&K felt the acid and fruit hit their maximum point. The bunches were entirely destemmed and tipped into a stainless steel tank. After four days on skins and once the wine was dry, the free run was released and the grapes were pressed and drained into old 250L tonneau for maturation. After 11 months the barrels were blended to tank to lightly settle and bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.