Bill Downie, Petit Verdot 2015 [I3]
Bill is typically modest about the winemaking. “This wine made itself,” he says. “Beautifully ripe grapes were harvested in the cool evening and the naturally occurring yeast in the vineyard piggybacked on the grapes into the winery. These yeast conducted the fermentation, and once finished slowly settled to the bottom of the tank. The resultant clear wine was taken off the top and bottled unfiltered.” The resulting wine has a deep colour, dark berry fruit on the nose that is ripe and intense with ink and violets. Ripe, fleshy fruit on the palate is nicely supported by rustic tannins.