Fragrant spice, dark red berry and floral notes combine on a balanced and textured palate
Pure Silver - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
Individual vineyards parcels were harvested, destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in small batches. During ferment the batches were gently hand plunged and pumped over the skins to extract desirable tannin, flavor and colour. The wines were then pressed off and run to French oak barrels where they completed Malolactic fermentation over spring. After resting in barrel for 18 months (40% new), the batches were lightly eggwhite fined, naturally settled, blended and filtered before bottling.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.6gL
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Dry
Fruit for this wine was sourced from our Omahu Gravels (94%) and Twyford Gravels (6%) vineyards situated in the heart of the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels grape growing district. Gimblett Gravels soils are made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel and varying degrees of silt and sand. Naturally free draining and low vigour soils, meticulous vineyard management and the outstanding 2014 syrah vintage produced grapes with intense varietal character with depth and clarity of flavor. Naturally low yields and “green harvesting” helped to produce fruit of concentration and richness, balanced with freshness of natural acidity, typical of our region and wines.