Holloran Riesling Le Pavillon 2015
This old world Riesling has a classic Alsace nose with hints of petrol, paraffin and stone fruits. The mid palate offers beautiful floral character. The finish is bright and clean with high acidity and mouthwatering fruit. Serve with Thai or Asian seafood, Grilled sausages or strong cheeses.
Our 2015 “Le Pavillon” Riesling is crafted from some of the oldest own-rooted vines in the Willamette Valley. It was planted in 1972 in what is now our 10 acre Le Pavillon site in the Red Hills of Dundee, alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It extends from 480’ to 680’, with the average elevation being at 617’. The 9.70% slopes are mainly south facing.
In addition to being completely dry farmed, we employ biodynamic farming techniques in the vineyard. We drop significant amounts of fruit to reduce crop and ensure fully ripe Riesling flavors. There are currently 1.5 acres of Riesling planted at Le Pavillon.
The soil consists of several degrees of decomposing volcanic soil, primarily Jory with subsurface fractured basalt parent material.
In 2015, the warmer than average summer weather allowed this beautiful block of old vine Riesling to ripen the fruit beautifully. We pressed gently and fermented in stainless steel until close to dry, then immediately cold stabilized to block malolactic fermentation.
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