Tourmaline

The Estate

Multiplicity of the Pomerol Terroir

Enclos Tourmaline is located on the highest point of the famous plateau of the smallest appellation of Bordeaux: Pomerol. The property was acquired by Peter Kwok and his son Howard in 2012. Enclos Tourmaline is produced in small quantities only during great vintages. The first vintage produced less than 1,000 bottles, and in 2013 no wines were made at all.

Following the image of the Tourmaline, a multi-colour precious gemstone, our estate echos the multiplicity and excellence of the terroir of Pomerol. This wine is made from three exceptional parcels. Each has a different but complementary type of terroir, and berries from these parcels form an exceptional cuvee.

The cellar, renovated in 2016 and surrounded by the legendary vineyards of the appellation, offers an incredible view of the magical plateau of Pomerol.

 

The global production of this handcrafted wine goes from 1 800 to 3 600 bottles depending on the vintage potential. Aware of the qualitative and prestigious legacy of our neighbours, we are duty-bound to be in harmony with these great terroirs.

The Terroir

Three exceptional parcels

Enclos Tourmaline is located in the heart of the famous plateau of the smallest appellation of Bordeaux: Pomerol. This wine is produced from the terroirs of 3 exceptionnal parcels. The terroir of Enclos Tourmaline is a Blue Clay terroir, and Gravel with crasse de fer:

Vinification & Ageing

Meticulous selection & vinfication intégrale

Harvest dates vary by vintage and we adapt our harvest plan down to the plot or even to the parcel based on the optimum ripeness of the berries. Our team determine when to harvest through a combination of several physiological and subjective criteria, and even tasting berries by mouth is an important step in the decision-making process. Our team select which parcel block to pick by-hand in two or three passes only the night before.

After a meticulous selection process on the vines and in the winery, the sorted the grapes are directly filled into barrels for a vinification intégrale for the entire production. Our team is always present at the opening and closing of barrels by our cooper partners for better quality control. The new barrels or 1-year-old barrels used for fermentation are assembled from staves of French oak from the forests of Tronçais and Jupilles dried for 48 months and lightly toasted.

Once in barrel, the berries go through a cold pre-fermentation maceration.

After a few days the fermentation begins. Optimal temperature control (from 10 to 30°C) facilitates the extraction and fermentation process. During the alcoholic fermentation, the pigeages and the rotation of the barrels several times a day are our only means for precise, slow and gentle extraction.

Ageing starts with the malolactic fermentations in the same barrels.
The lees allow us to work under reducing conditions during the ageing period varying from 18 to 36 months.

The Wine

Enclos Tourmaline

Pomerol

Enclos Tourmaline has a very deep, almost black colour. In consistence with the colour the wine is powerful and concentrated but of great purity. Nose of strawberry jam, black cherry, and blackcurrant mixed with spices and light notes of liquorice. After circular movement of the glass, aromas of flowers as violet come mingle with this palette of fruits. Harmony and elegance. In the mouth the structure is both fresh and complex. The attack is velvety with a certain sweetness. On the mid-palate the wine grows and
becomes more and more generous. The perception of flesh of ripe red fruit is present from beginning to end. The already delicate tannins are gradually implemented to become straight and silky. The long finish is greedy and creamy, signature of the great wines of Pomerol. After having posed its glass, the impressions of harmony, balance and elegance persist...

Enclos Tourmaline - Pomerol
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