It was about time for Dave & Koen to make a red wine, but in classic Y&K fashion it was never really going to be ‘red.’ Red Muscat is a unique mutation that has a color a touch darker than Pinot Gris with both pink, red and brown hues being spotted. Dave found this vineyard in the sandy soils of Vine Vale and the three-quarter century old vines, off of only four rows, reach out of the earth begging for the sun. Yields were down a lot due to catastrophic winter drought followed by a spring frost. The few bunches in this vineyard already started at a huge disadvantage. Summer set on with a lt of sun and warmth and the Muscat perked its head right up.
The fruit was hand-harvested in mid-February at a lower potential alcohol than would be the norm as capturing the elusive acidity is paramount to not have an aromatic disaster with Muscat. This was the boys first year with this vineyard so they played it relatively safe by destemming the lot and letting the grapes ferment in the picking bins for 4-5 days on skins. The fruit was then pressed to old French puncheons to finish fermentation naturally. After aging for three months and checking on it once along the journey (couldn’t help themselves peek at the first concoction), the barrels were blended to tank to settle naturally. It was then bottled without fining, filtration or any sulfur.