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CHÂTEAU PUYNARD 'THE STEPS' 2016

The Steps 2016 were sourced from our 2-hectare, clay-limestone soils, which were particularly well adapted to the hot drought during the summer of 2016. On our way to becoming certified organic, we took extra care at every stage of the winemaking process. Carefully hand-picking our grapes in small crates from 35 year old vines, we carefully sort the grapes once they are in the winery. The grapes were then cold soaked for 3 days and further macerated for 28 days to extract the excellent colour of the berries in this vintage. For 15 months, the 70% of the wine was fermented in new French oak, the remainder in vat, to give structure to a wine with excellent volume, chewy tannins and a long finish. Thankfully, the higher yields in 2016 balanced the highly concentrated fruit from the summer, and gave us an elegant and balanced wine.

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