Production – 400 cases / 4800 bottles
Colour: Pale straw with lime hues.
Bouquet: White peach and nectarine, lime rind, white flowers and jasmine on the nose. Hints of brioche and nougat.
Palate: White stonefruit and grapefruit pith on the palate, delicate citrus acidity with great length. Creamy texture with a touch of butterscotch and dried herb.
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for 8 to 10 years.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on February 11th.
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, then immediately pneumatically pressed. The juice was cold settled and transferred to barrels which underwent a wild fermentation. This year the French oak comes from three different coopers, three different forest and three different years, 45% new and the balance one and two year old French oak. The wine was initially stirred once a week on the lees, then 75% of the wine was given a malolactic fermentation and left to mature in barrel for 10 months. Bottled in December 2018.
Technical Data: Alc. 12.3% pH 3.21 TA 6.95 g/l
Vintage: Flowering and fruit set in October and November indicated fantastic yields and our loamy soils benefited from rains in December which promoted excellent growth and lush canopies. January and February were cool without the 40°C heat spikes and this assisted steady ripening, producing bright white acids, aromatics and good flavours. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles and natural acidity. An outstanding white vintage with good yields. The reds also benefited from the cooler ripening with better colour development and riper, softer tannins.
Vintage Rating 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
New Release October 2019