This wine was 100% whole cluster fermented (the rest of my 2014’s were on average 80% whole cluster). The colour is darker than the Maresh above, and the nose offers minerals and smells slightly of a seabreeze. The fruit is deeper and inviting. This Maresh has good heft, like the feel of excellent vintage silverware in one’s hand. It is bracing, has beautiful foundation, has strength, is grounded, and is-well-manly. But it is Maresh after all, and the songbirds and raptors and towering old trees lend the wine verticality and does not at all pull one down, but is ascending more like a volcano (which Maresh faces on the east) than wings.
Picking Date: 23 September 2014
Barrels: no new wood- all neutral barrels
Bottling Date: 22 June 2015
Cases Produced: 96
Released: summer 2016 (mailing list first)
Review by Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast
“From a selection of the original vines at this heritage vineyard, which was planted in the early 1970s, this is densely layered with strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. Details are well-integrated, bringing light notes of toasted coconut and caramel. The texture and mouthfeel express the little extras that old vines, when handled properly, can deliver.”