VINEYARD: The hand-picked fruit comes in equal amounts from our clay-rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard and the Home vineyard which is made up of a variety of free draining Waimakiriri soils.
CLONES: Mendoza, 2/23, Cl.15, Cl.95, and MVIG1
VINIFICATION: Grapes were hand-sorted before being whole-bunch pressed and then sent straight to barrel. Each parcel was naturally fermented in French oak, twenty percent of which was new. Following primary fermentation the wine went through malolactic fermentation, which occurred naturally in barrel. After 11 months in oak the wine was blended, lightly filtered and bottled without fining.
The finished wine has an alcohol of 14 percent, pH of 3.51, 5.5g/L titratable acid and 1.2g/L residual sugar.
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: The nose exhibits aromas of citrus, toasted almond and ripe apple. The palate is focused and bright, with hints of grapefruit, nectarine and peach supported by a firm balanced acidity and a very long finish.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: Drink now until 2018
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