The Gris is from Robert Surmann’s vineyard in Totness, while the Semillon is from the Magpie Springs farm in Hope Valley. This spot has sandy soil and is at the top of a hill near the ocean, where it occasionally is subject to strong ocean breezes. The vines are 25 years old, unmanicured and wild farmed. The Semillon was destemmed and sealed for one month in a stainless inox. The Gris was the saignée of destemmed fruit. This light and pretty clear juice was added to the Semillon before it was pressed and the free-run was sealed in inox until bottling.
A slightly cloudy golden hue. It is a simple peasant wine—a product of honest hard work, designed to be drunk on hand-made timber tables from trees you felled on your own farm, out of ceramic cups made in the same light. Purity and honesty does not always come from refinement!