100% Pinot Gris named after the owners' daughter, Daisy, "who has a ferocious passion for chickens. When she was five, her burgeoning flock escaped and overran the vineyard. This happy accident became a defining moment for our farming, as we embraced the hens' natural inclination to scratch out weeds and balance insect populations. The 2019 Daisy has a bracing framework of acidity, minerality, and citrus. Pear and apple broaden to tropical fruit and a layered texture.
Grazing-Based Viticulture was first conceived and implemented at Antiquum Farm. The central tenet of this process is to grow wines that clearly communicate the wild and honest soul of this place and the principles of its people. Antiquum Farm is managed without fertilizers, compost, or foliar feeds in order to truly isolate our site, conserve resources, and create wines of individualistic spirit and truthful terroir. We have carefully selected animals that physically fit into the constraints of the vineyard, complement each other, and support an intricate, living, breathing ecosystem. We see our farm as a complex community where the vines are part of a whole, not the whole.
While the concept is poetically simple, the sheer workload and cost of its implementation are daunting. Indeed, no other grower has yet dared to tread this path. Grazing-Based Viticulture is an all encompassing way of life that asks a viticulturist to become so much more than a winegrower. Producing the truest, most articulate, and expressive wines requires the vineyard to be transformed into more than a collection of vines, techniques, and methods. In doing so, the farmer creates the opportunity for something completely divergent from historical, varietal, or regional expectations. The diversity of the farm results in healthier, more resilient vines and produces wines of soulful clarity and unexpected character that are true expressions of this place and its people."
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