Michael Cooper - 4 stars
In the glass
A complex nose of Nashi pear, orange peel, toasted almonds and ripe stonefruit. This is a juicy and generous wine, with complexity from the rich fruit. The elegant palate weight adds richness whilst still maintain a beautiful balance and clean finish. A wine to be enjoyed with food! Drink now or cellar for up to four years.
PH: 3.47, TA 5.2g/l, Residual Sugar: 3.5g/l, Alchohol: 12.5%
Fifty percent of the juice was fermented in stainless steel. To capture the clean fruit flavours, ten percent was fermented on skins for 3 weeks adding to the colour and spicy complexity of the wine. The remainder was fermented in older oak barreles to broaden the palate and add complexity. Extended lees contact was used to enhance the palate and structure.
?in the vineyard
?The grapes were predominantly grown on our home block with smaller batches from manuka flats and blairpatrick blocks. All blocks are trained using 2 cane VSP trellising and careful shoot and fruit thinning was carried out to enhance flavours and intensity.