2016 Claverach Farm Red Wine Ozark Mountain"Claverach Farm Is 300 Acres Of Rugged Ground In The Ozark Hills Just Twenty Miles Outside Of Saint Louis, Missouri. We Have Been Farming This Land Using Organic And Biological Methods For Twenty Years..."
This red wine is 100% Chambourcin. Grapes were hand-harvested in September and carefully sorted. They were then macerated on the skins for 5 days, pressed, and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts. Unfined, unfiltered, minimal sulfite (30 ppm added preferment). Only 28 cases made.A great lighter-bodied red for summer (takes a chill nicely!). Toasty stem tannins on the nose. Herbaceous and earthy, with black raspberries and violets. Good acid. Reminiscent of Syrah. Pairs well with farm-fresh fare.Here at Claverach, we grow grapes very differently than most Missouri vineyards. Most Missouri vineyards grow grapes on flat ground at low density so that most of the work can be done by machines. Vines can be mechanically cultivated, mechanically pruned, mechanically sprayed, and even mechanically harvested.We grow grapes at high density (up to 2500 vines per acre) and often on steep ground so that more of the vine's energy is concentrated into low-yielding, high quality fruit, and less of the energy is focused on being a big, jungly canopy with loads of poor quality fruit. The trade-off is that almost all the work here must be done by hand.