Austin Hope Mourvedre
2016

Our Mourvédre is one of our most sought after wines from the Hope Family Estate. Earthy and bold with hints of cocoa

HARVEST NOTES
The anticipated El Niño gave us about eight inches of rain in Paso Robles, which was less than hoped for, but much needed after the four prior drought years. The rainfall had a positive effect on fruit quality and yields, specifically for the Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. In 2016, most varieties of grapes came in above average in terms of yield and quality, which was a welcomed surprise. The overall 2016 vintage delivered high quality fruit with above expectations on color and fruit intensity.
WINEMAKING NOTES
Clone 233 (France) Mourvedre Grapes were hand-picked and fermented in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were barreled down into 50% new and 50% once used French oak barrels where they aged for 31 months. The Mourvedre was racked once during aging and a second time to create the final blend just prior to bottling in June of 2019.
TASTING NOTES
Our Mourvedre is one of our most sought after wines from the Hope Family Estate. This small production wine has a deep ruby core and garnet rim. Aromas of dried cranberry and blueberryblend with herbal notes of sage, clove and green tea. On the palate, a slight splash of fresh blueberry quickly evolves to more meaty rich full bodied flavors of smoke, stewed black fruit and hints of coco. The bold firm tannins are balanced by acidity that complete this wine beautifully.

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Varietal

    Mourvedre

  • Appellation

    Templeton Gap, Paso Robles AVA

  • Alcohol

    15%