Hiyu 'Feis Spring Ephemeral' 2019

Hiyu 'Feis Spring Ephemeral' 2019

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“This is the second release from this parcel in 2019, picked a week later and with more time on the skins than the “Spring Ephemeral”...

“This is the second release from this parcel in 2019, picked a week later and with more time on the skins than the “Spring Ephemeral” bottling released earlier.”

Grapes: In 2016, the vines were grafted from Syrah to a field blend of all the grapes one would have encountered in Southwestern France in the late Middle Ages: many clones of heirloom Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Tannat, Abouriou, Fer, Ste. Macaire, Negrette etc.

Vineyard: Scorched Earth Vineyard, leased 9.83-acre site farmed by Hiyu since 2016 in the desert east of Lyle, Washington State (30 miles east of Hiyu). The site is on the banks of the Columbia River at sea level and the vines are planted in black (basalt) sand. The Feis, a one-acre parcel, is closest to the river, where the soils are a bit deeper and have more organic matter than the pure sand or basalt cobbles found in other parts of the vineyard.

Making of: a full month on the skins.