TEXAS HIGH PLAINS
72.87% Merlot | Hunter Vineyard | Brownfield, TX
27.13% Malbec | Hunter Vineyard | Brownfield, TX
Alcohol 13.6% | RS: 0.0
pH: 3.74 | TA: 6.3
Aging: 18 months in 60% French Oak and 40% neutral oak
1180 cases produced
Being produced every year since 2010, Hunter is a staple at William Chris and represents the commitment of 4 families to excellence in winegrowing. Named after the Hunter Vineyard this wine is primarily sourced from, it is the first and oldest vineyard William planted (1986) and one of the oldest vineyards in Terry County. The Malbec component comes from the Lost Draw Vineyards owned and managed by Andy and Lauren Timmons and sits one mile away from Hunter Vineyard. Choosing to go back to a Merlot dominated blend for 2014, we feel this is the best representation of the Texas High Plains AVA. Getting to work with both High Plains vineyards for this vintage is an important part of this wine because their mature age gives the palate a true sense of the layered terroir in every glass.
Richly tinted with red and blue fruit tones leading with a nose of aromatic spicy ginger, orange zest, and Chinese five spice. Wild blueberries lead the lush, nearly creamy textured palate, rounded and supple, exhibiting a powerful grace. The spicy black peppery notes directly reflect the terroir of Hunter and Lost Draw Vineyards. Finishing on a framework of tannins, this has a wonderful potential for development. Enjoy through 2025.