Inviting with aromas of Dawson cherry, blueberry and fine notes of thyme. Sweet fruit, spirited acidity and lush flavours rounded up with soft tannins.
The fruit for our 2020 vintage was sourced from the Quartz Reef Loop Rd. vineyard located in Bendigo and Domain Thompson vineyard in Pisa. Both vineyards are BioGro certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic. The Quartz Reef Loop Rd. 15ha vineyard was planted in 1998. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga (fine sandy loam) and Molyneux (shallow sandy loam). Domain Thompson vineyard sits on an elevated north east facing terrace overlooking the Lake Dunstan. Planted from 2000 the soils are deep gravel with some loess and clay.
It was a cool start to the season with occasional frosts, two brief hailstorms in October, and a higher amount of rainfall during December. We also experienced more cloud cover than normal, the severe bushfires in Australia may have contributed to this. By the end of January, we were experiencing more settled weather. Veraison was early February and our grape harvest began early March. With the added pressure of Covid-19, we were happy to have the weather on our side. It is certainly a harvest to remember and we will be rewarded with a vintage of high-quality wine.
Hand-picked in ripe condition on the 8th, 16th and 17th March 2020. 14% whole bunch, cold soaked for 3 - 5 days before indigenous fermentation took place peaking at 30°C. This was then pressed into barrel (10% new, 20% one to two years old and 70% three years old) where it was aged for 10 months. Bottled on 9th February 2021.
PH 3.69, TA 5.6, Alc 14.0%