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Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Zinfandel 2010 (half-bottle)

ID No: 261446
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Our Vineyards
“Our family vineyard is located in the picturesque and historic Padthaway valley, 300 km south of Adelaide. Our rich, fertile terra rossa soils, environmentally friendly viticulture, low yield and exceptional fruit is how we consistently produce outstanding wines. Small parcels of the highest quality fruit are selected from our family vineyard and handcrafted to create wines with amazing depth of flavour, style and balance…” ~ David Bryson
 
Winemaking Notes
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night and gently pressed. The juice was fermented in French oak barrels (35% new, 65% aged). Various components underwent: a wild ferment, malolactic fermentation and extended lees contact to give the wine further complexity and flavour. Individual parcels were selected and blended, then filtered to produce this Chardonnay without compromising the purity of the fruit in both flavour and aroma.
 
Vintage Overview
2014 was a very good season with predominantly mild, dry days. Yields were generally low and this did result in some excellent parcels of fruit being harvested. Vine-balance was carefully monitored, resulting in fruit that demonstrates the vibrancy and fruit-derived characters that we strive for in our wines.
 
Tasting Notes
Pale straw in colour. Concentrated citrus and white peach fruit flavours are complimented by delicate yeast and subtle spice aromas. The palate is clean and fresh with vibrant fruit flavours, mineral characters and a good lingering finish.
 
Production Statistics
Bottling Date: 20/1/2015
Sizes: 750ml
Region (GI): 100% Padthaway
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13% alc/Vol Total
Acidity: 6.73 g/L
pH: 3.18
Product Description

Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011 is made from 89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah

Black raspberry and wild cherry, with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and clove. An extremely balanced wine, with good acidity, soft and velvety texture, and a complex finish of wild cherry fruit, raspberry and peppery spice

HISTORY

Vibrant, delicious black raspberry and wild cherry fruit, velvety texture, and balanced crisp acidity make this wine a classic example of Dry Creek Zinfandel. As always, we make this wine from a number of small, family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley. Since Dry Creek Valley receives coastal fog in the evening and early morning, the grapes from this area show a bright acidity which blends perfectly with the forward fruit from the vineyards, resulting in a long-lived and balanced wine.

PRODUCTION

We picked our vineyards in early- and mid-September, carefully hand-sorting the fruit before crushing the grapes to tank. We used our special custom-made gridded tanks to ferment, allowing us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine, extracting color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting drying tannins found in the seeds. The result are intense and complex wines that feel velvety and round on the tongue rather than harsh or tannic.
All of the wines were fermented using only the natural yeast population on the grapes—our trademark and tradition at Dashe Cellars—and the resulting wines are intriguingly complex and luscious. The wine was aged for 10 months in a older French oak barrels, including our 900 gallon French oak casks that allow us to gain the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors in the wine. All barrels were at least one year old and as old as seven years, so as to reduce the effect of oak on the fruit. In our blending trials, we added about 11% of petite sirah (for structure and aging potential).
Winery: Dashe Cellars

The Dashe Cellars Estate
Dashe Cellars were founded in 1996 by Anne and Michael Dashe, a husband and wife winemaking team who created a small winery that focuses on wines from Sonoma County. Since Anne's winemaking origins are French and Michael's are American, they wanted to elaborate distinctive wines that offered the best from both of their countries of origin.

The Dashe Cellars Vineyards
They have decided to concentrate on single vineyard sites - to locate small independent vineyards and create wines that reflect the vineyards unique soil, climate, and regional characteristics. They use traditional fine winemaking techniques such as small lot fermentations, the use of indigenous yeast on the grapes to conduct the fermentations, little or no fining or filtration, and small barrel aging. All the wines are made, tasted, and blended by the production team of Michael, Anne, and Matt Smith (enologist).

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