The wines at Ravine Vineyard are often described as “elegant” or “refined”. This style is as much a result of the terroir as it is of a unique winemaking effort.
In the cellar, care and gentle guidance of the wines prevails during the entire winemaking process. Gravity flow is used throughout because it is very gentle on the juices and wines. All grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted on a state of the art, vibrating sorting table before going to the press or crusher de-stemmer.
All of our aromatic white wines are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to preserve fresh fruit flavours, acidity, and minerality in our wines.
Our Chardonnay is barrel fermented and barrel aged in a combination of new and previously used barrels. All chardonnay barrels are French oak, sourced from various forests and coopers in France.
Our red wines are fermented in French oak Demi Muids. The red wines undergo manual punch-downs throughout the fermentation process and are temperature controlled with heating and/or cooling plates. After the fermentation of the red wines, they are pressed off their skins and are barrelled-down to a combination of new and previously used barrels or back into a Demi Muid for ageing. All of our red wine barrels are French oak, again from various forests and coopers in France – each barrel from a different cooper or forest.
When the result of the oak ageing meets our standard of approval, meticulous blending trials are carried out to achieve elegant wines with balance, and exhibiting the best representation of both our vineyard and soils from which we produce wines with a sense of place.