This is not Semillon from the Hunter Valley or Barossa or Bordeaux or from anywhere else for that matter. This is an utterly unique expression and a delicious one at that. Less broad than a Hunter Semillon, more pointed in structure with higher toned flavours of blackcurrant, camphor, nettles, green apple, lime and seaweed. Fascinating flavours.
Grown in the heart of the Napa Valley, just north of the town of Yountville, by the Hoxsey family. Planted in the 1950s by Andy Hoxsey and his father; the soils are a mix of alluvial loam, river cobble, and volcanic. The vines are organically tended and dry farmed.
The fruit for the 2013 Nacré was hand-picked and pressed whole cluster, and underwent spontaneous/native fermentation in stainless steel. Racked off lees at the completion of ferment, the wine was bottled in June of 2014 in order to allow the significant portion of the wine’s aging and development to occur under cork. To this end, it was aged five years in bottle prior to its release.
The Nacré is capable of decades of ageing. The wine bears the name Nacré – meaning mother-of-pearl – as a testament to its affinity for pairing with oysters. Crisp, racy and focused, with layer upon layer of flavor that opens up with time in the glass.