A charming wine showing spirited fruit intensity, luscious flavours and a hint of spice rounded up with fine tannins. A taste sensation.
This wine is from our BioGro certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic estate vineyard located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard was planted in 1998 after careful site selection. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland soil with an elevation of 217 - 264 metres, on 44.55° south.
We experienced an extraordinary summer resulting in the hottest growing season ever in Central Otago’s modern history. Early flowering and ripening meant our normal six months of growing was condensed into a compact five months. February rain brought relief for the vines and enabled them to achieve physiological ripeness, and warmer than normal nights led to lower acidity. As a result harvest was brought forward to achieve optium balance.
Hand-picked in ripe condition on the 19th March 2018. 6 tonne fermenters were used to cold soak the fruit 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 8 months. Bottled on 8th June 2019.
PH 3.69, TA 4.7, Alc 14.0%