Aromatically cranberry, blueberry, cocoa and kirsch with accents of tarragon and pine-needle.
With an assertively bright entry, 2013 Paradox tastes of raspberry, montmorency cherry, caramel coffee cake and a trace of roasted turnip on the finish.
On cresting sugar ripeness of 22.6° Brix, pinot noir clusters were hand-picked September 26th from Graham and Christine Rennie’s Heron Pond Vineyard. During primary and malolactic fermentation the wine’s fruit complexity was augmented by the addition of uncrushed whole clusters.
Eighteen months’ ageing in barrel followed; the barrel selection was 62% French oak to 38% American, with 40% of the barrels in first use. Following a 19% addition of pinot noir appassimento the wine was bottled unfiltered in August 2015. Alcohol measured 13%, pH 3.8, titratable acidity 5.8 grams per litre and residual sugar 0.5 grams per litre.
Production was limited to 132 cases of wine.