Managing Director Michael Clark wants to introduce everyone to two new people who will be a big part of the visitor experience at Clos du Soleil this summer – Charlie Baessler and Jesce Walker.
Charlie coordinates all of the biodynamic activities in Clos du Soleil’s vineyards and is eager to show visitors what those methods mean to the wines. “There is a direct connection from the vineyard to the wines,” says Michael. “We want people to wander in the vineyards.” Charlie will be on hand to provide insight into the mysteries of biodynamics and answer any questions. “We micromanage every vine to showcase our terroir,” explains Charlie.
Upon entering the wine shop, you will be greeted by Jesce who will gladly tell you all about each one of the wines including the new releases and exclusive wines that are available only in the wine shop. The 2013 Saturn for example will not be widely available so your best chance to pick up this late-harvest dessert wine is by visiting the wine shop. The new 2012 Celestiale and Grower’s Series Merlot will also be available this summer.
The inaugural vintage of the Estate Reserve Red 2010, made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, is available now only in the wine shop. The highest tier of wine from Clos du Soleil, this wine will show the utmost complexity. “It has a very long life ahead of it,” explains Clark. Since there was only two barrels produced, it will be an instant collector’s item.
This will also be the last summer to enjoy the rustic charm of the old tasting room with tastings on barrel tops. Construction on the new facility will begin at the end of this season so be sure to visit this year for the original Clos du Soleil experience.
~ Luke Whittall