A Wine That
requires waltzing to rock music. We can't get enough of it. It's spicy, it's daring, it's simultaneously shy yet paradoxically brazen. It gives you everything, then immediately retracts it, then flicks another scent in your direction. This is a rollercoaster of a wine, with fresh damson plums and blackberries met with wet earth and bonfire notes. Put it in a decanter and marvel at its inky mysteries.
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- Winemaker: HIYU Wine Farm
Where and How?
This is a one-acre parcel on a rolling plateau in the northeast corner of the HIYU vineyard. It’s planted to Cabernet Franc, Mencía, Abouriou and Brancellao. The parcel explores the genetic origins of Cabernet Franc at the Abbey of Roncevalles at the start of the Camino del Santiago and follows the route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the home of Mencía.
The wine was whole bunch fermented naturally, aged in old oak barrels and bottled unfined, unfiltered with a miniscule amount 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.