Crushed into and fermented in three to ten tonne open top fermenters with regular pump overs (three daily over peak fermentation) to extract colour, flavour and tannins. Following an average of 12 days of maceration, the free run was drained to tank and the skins pressed to the same tank. After 24 hours the wine was racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. Minimal fining and filtration is used.
Aged for 18 months in 6% new French oak hogsheads and the remainder in two to six year old American and French oak.