Our winemaker, Fintan du Fresne, brings a wealth of fine winemaking and wine growing experience. Before his first Chamisal harvest in 2006, he managed seven crushes in his native New Zealand and then acquired the art of California winemaking with stints at several well-respected wineries.
Our winemaking philosophy is a natural approach and is all about bringing our special vineyard to life. Everyone at Chamisal shares a respect for the estate and a hands-on approach to all aspects of winegrowing. All vineyard work is done by hand. During harvest, we may take as many as four passes through each block to ensure that fruit is brought in during ideal ripeness. We also ferment and age each lot separately, tailoring our winemaking details, like the kind of French oak used, to highlight characteristics unique to that particular clone and block.
From our painstaking work in the field to the careful handcrafting of our wine, our style is driven by nature. It's about allowing the specific varietal to shine and expressing our vineyard's naturally bold and complex flavors.
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