Hildegard, Au Bon Climat
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Grape VarietySyrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah
StyleFull & Opulent
The Hope family have been farming in the Paso Robles for more than 30 years. When they arrived they planted apple orchards and grapes. Little did they know that this region would become one of the foremost viticultural regions of the Central Coast. They now have some 40ha of their own (where the Austin Hope wines are sourced) and some 450ha under long term contracts and supervised by their own viticulturists.
46% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel, 14% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Petite Sirah
Wine is best made when a winemaker has choices. This philosophy is evident in Troublemaker, a blend crafted from multiple varietals and vintages. The majority of the wine comes from the 2012 vintage, with a remaining portion coming from 2013 and 2008- 2011. The younger wine (2013) brings forth a youthful vibrancy and freshness while the base vintage (2012) adds complexity and structure that completes the wine.
The vineyards are primarily found in Paso Robles, which lies in the heart of California's Central Coast. We source grapes from a number of vineyard sites throughout the diverse appellation and seek a variety of flavors to make this blend. Because of their success,Rhône varietals are becoming increasingly popular in the Central Coast, while Zinfandel
has been planted in Paso Robles for almost 100 years.
Upon harvest, grapes are crushed and fermented in five-ton open-top tanks and 20-60 ton closed-top, stainless-steel fermenters for 7 to 14 days. Wines were aged in oak for a minimum of 10 months and a maximum of 18 months depending on vintage. All barrelaging was done in French and American oak barrels, 15% of which were new. Blend 8 was crafted in spring of 2014 and lightly filtered prior to bottling in May of 2014.