Black Pearl Oro 2019
92 pts John Platter
89+ pts Wine Advocate
89 pts Decanter World Wine Awards
Fruit for this wine was hand-picked into 30lb crates with bunch selection done in the vineyard – then transferred to small open concrete tanks. Grapes were cooled to about 40 degrees F before cold soaking. Once temperature rose naturally to about 60 degrees, cultured yeast was added. Wild ferments with this style of wine are risky – hence cultured yeast option. Open tank punch downs were done gently, 3X daily for the duration of the ferment. Grapes were then pressed in an old 1 ton basket press. From there, the juice went straight to 300 liter barrels – mainly French and 2nd & 3rd fill primarily – for 1 year, during which time the wine was racked 2-3 times. Bottling is always unfined and very seldom filtered. This vintage was 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Shiraz but that assemblage changes every year. A little less than 3000cs were made.