Appelation: Santa Lucia Highland
Heroine 2019, is sourced entirely from Escolle vineyard in the northern stretch of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Planted in 2008. Sourced from Block 5, 6 and 7, comprising Clone 17 and Hyde on 101-14 and ‘Freedom’ rootstocks. We couldn’t be happier to be able to work with this vineyard. The vineyard retains a remarkable amount of acid yet balance by the concentration of the Santa Lucia sun. This vineyard embodies what Heroine is all about, both elegance and power. The grapes were picked mid-September and immediately whole cluster pressed over 6 hours using a champagne cycle method. The wine was then settled for 24 hours before racking into neutral French oak barrels to ferment. Halfway through fermentation the wines were racked out of barrel to introduce more oxygen into the must and then returned to barrel. Wines continued to ferment through primary and secondary over three to four weeks. Roughly 1/3 of the barrels had secondary fermentation halted about 50-60% through. Final barrel selection and blending took place in July three weeks before bottling.