The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards in Hawke’s Bay: The Bridge Pa triangle Moteo Pa Road and Ohiti Road.
The clones for this wine were predominantly Mendoza and Clone 15. The low crops carried on these clones of around seven tonnes per hectare and the very good summer gave us fruit with perfect maturity and full flavour development at harvest time. This season we really hang the fruit to get the ultimate in maturity and fruit weight.
The grapes were carefully pressed to create a soft fruit led wine with fine mouthfeel. Hard pressings were excluded from the blend. The light oak flavours are well integrated and the
use of different yeast strains during fermentation gives extra complexity. After fermentation the wine spent nine months on the yeast lees to further integrate the oak and add creaminess to the palate. The wine underwent no malo-lactic fermentation.
The light oak aging on yeast lees has given a soft style that is elegant and well structured. The nose has spicy, smoky and toasty aromas. The palate is rich and quite buttery with soft
mouth feel and big flavours in the mid palate. They are reminiscent of stone fruit and citrus with subtle vanilla undertones from the oak. The fresh finish is clean and persistent.
This wine has sufficient structure and fruit to cellar for five years.
Alcohol 13.6 %
Acidity 7.1 g/l
Residual Sugar pH Level 3.47