At Turiya I only make red wine. I strive to bring it from the vineyard to the bottle with minimal intervention; giving the grapes my gentle touch and watchful eye, ears, nose and mouth.
Here is what happens:
The pick is decided ~
The day of harvest is crucial. Timing is everything. I watch the sugars and the acids, hoping for the perfect balance but I find that walking down the rows of vines, chewing and tasting the grapes is what really tells me if I can pick or not. The end goal is to have phenolically ready fruit but not overripe berries. I want the acids to balance the wine and I don't want too much alcohol I am often picking on the early side.
This is a big deal for me. I want balance in wine. The first wine I had (that I enjoyed) was a Chianti. It had great balance. It was made for food. And just like that first wine that left me with such an impression that I dropped everything and went straight into the wine-world - I hope to create wine that is balanced, food friendly and ageable.
I can't say I don't add anything to my wine. I have. I have innoculated with yeast strains from Bordeaux, I acidify and I feed my grapes some nutrients before fermentation begins to ensure a 'healthy' fermentation. One thing I am really against is the common use of sulfur. I try to distance myself from this as much as possible; hence my use of acid. Bacteria and other bugs cannot grow in an highly acidic environment.
Ah, my signature move. I love aged wines. Wine with layers and layers of development. I age all Turiya Wines for at least 36 months in once used French Oak barrels then another year to year and a half in the bottle before they are released. Talk about dedication! These wines are big mouthful's of flavor, yet elegant and nuanced.
Racking, Fining and Filtering
Generally I don't do it. I might rack a wine once or never in it's lifetime. I don't fine or filter because I believe that I would be removing flavor and structure from the wine. Murky wine is beautiful.
My goal as a winemaker is to inspire and remind consumers that wine is an art, an expression, and a level of harmony in our lives. I strive to make wines that will help people remember why they fell in love with wine in the first place, to mark an experience or simply to enjoy.
Angela - Owner and Winemaker