St. Laurent and Mondeuse, both from Johan Vineyard, come together to form a savory, complex and compelling wine. St. Laurent is the result of a cross between Pinot Noir and an unconfirmed cultivar, and Mondeuse is a grandparent of Syrah, common in the Savoie region of southeastern France. Striking acidity and delicate fruit combine with lush tannins and dark berry notes, with the mineral rich quality from the Van Duzer corridor running throughout.
We began wine production at our current facility in Carlton in 2014 and continue to pride ourselves on making authentic wines with a genuine sense of place. Winemaking practice across all three of our brands is intentional, minimalist and focused on small lots with little intervention. Using native yeasts, minimal sulfur, no fining additions and no filtration when possible, we attempt to allow the purest expression of this unique and diverse region.
MINIMUS was started in 2011 as a series of one-off experiments, and continues to be a innovator of experimentation and research. Minimus pushes the boundaries of winemaking and viticulture by continuously exploring the possibilities in this diverse region. We use a variety of fermentation vessels, and work with as many cultivars and clones as we can, often producing experiments that will never be repeated.