Halo 2018 — Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir
A Wine That
truly does what it says on the tin. It's a wine that gleams and floats; that slips down your throat and makes you feel above the clouds all of a sudden. Pinot isn't known as the "ethereal grape" for nothing, and this is one of its finest expressions in gris and noir form - think perfumes of sandalwood, rosehip, lavender and cherry stones. This is film noir, in vinous form.
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- Winemaker: HIYU Wine Farm
Where and How?
This parcel is influenced by cool air from the Hood River. The wine is made from own rooted Pinot Gris with small amounts of Pinot Noir and is the palest, brightest and most perfumed of the HIYU red wines.
The wine was foot trodden, basket pressed and fermented naturally, after which it was aged for several months in old oak barrels. It was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphur.
The Hood River Valley is a place that reverberates with energy. As we walk through the forest’s thick foliage, there is no man-made sound to be heard, other than the odd snap of twigs from beneath our feet. It’s almost as if we can feel the heartbeat of nature herself. It wouldn’t surprise us if there really were fairies living underneath the dense shrubbery.
This energy is what Nate and China are committed to preserving on their farm; their goal is to grow vines, vegetables and tend animals with as little interference with nature’s own rhythms as possible. This means working in tandem with nature, never against it. Instead of seeing the negatives (weeds as competition, mildew as bad), they flip their thinking - for example, which plants might be beneficial to the vines? How can the present microbial population be increased so that there’s less room for mildew to take hold?
Nate and China are two people on a tandem bike, of which the framework is nature. They sit on top of a complex functioning world that gives them life, and their aim is simply to respect it and to help create an environment for it to flourish—for nature to thrive, and for the bike to run more smoothly.
As for the vineyards? Imagine a place where 107 grape varieties live together with oak trees, goats and rare species of duck. And the wines? Well, they're the polar opposite to Oregon's "norm"; if “classic Oregon” is Bronte’s Edgar Linton, then @hiyuwinefarm is Heathcliff. And we couldn't love them more if we tried. This is fine wine, as fine wine has never seen it before.