This is our third vintage of Sparkling Wine at Flowers and, like it predecessors, it was produced with the traditional method of Champagne. Aromas laced with salinity, star anise, Meyer lemon and subtle notes of baked Gravenstein apple give way to flavors of sweet toasted bread and preserved lemon. The palate is fresh, focused and lengthy, finishing with a vibrant pomelo-tinged acidity and a nuanced richness.
Late winter and spring brought significant rainfall, saturating the soils. Summer was dominated by cool, sunny days with fog in the mornings and evenings. Temperate conditions continued throughout the growing season, with sunshine interspersed with cooling fog, allowing us to bring in fruit of exceptional depth of flavor and finesse.
Prior to loading the press, the grapes were hand-sorted, ensuring the selection of only the best clusters. All three varietals were gently squeezed in a bladder press to separate juice from skins. The juice settled in tank for 24 hours before a gravity-transferred into stainless steel barrels for 9 months of fermentation and aging on their original lees. An additional 54 months of bottle aging followed, allowing for a secondary fermentation prior to disgorging.
|Vineyard||Camp Meeting Ridge & Sea View Ridge|
69% Pinot Noir, Sea View Ridge
21% Chardonnay, Camp Meeting Ridge
10% Pinot Meunier, Sea View Ridge
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