50 dozen / 600 bottles Limited release.
Colour: Deep dark red with purple hues.
Bouquet: Inviting ripe, red fruits, with violets and lifted notes of seductive Satsuma plums. A touch of nutmeg spice completes the introduction.
Palate: The palate is a reflection of the bouquet with ripe, red, berry fruits dominating. Violets and juicy plums are enveloped with lingering fine tannins.
Harvest: 3rd April 2018
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, destemmed and placed in two open fermenters. Innoculated with a neutral yeast and the cap plunged up to four times a day, by hand. After 10 days the wine was kept on extended skins for a further ten days. Then the wine was drained and the must basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of one and two year old French barriques, then left to mature for 10 months. Blended and put to bottle in July 2019.
Technical Data: Alc. 14.4% pH 3.5 TA 6.1 g/l
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 & Reviews:
New Release March 2020.