Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016
4.5 Stars/90 points Wine Orbit
4.5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin
4 Stars Raymond Chan
Fresh strawberries and raspberries burst from the glass mingled with layers of vanilla and white chocolate, subtle floral notes and a sophisticated mineral streak. A generous core of berry fruit gives way to an elegant acid structure, length and balance.
pH: 3.21, TA 5.4g/l, residual sugar: 1.7g/l, alcohol: 13.5%
IN THE WINERY
The grapes were crushed and left to soak for two hours to impart a pretty light salmon pink blush before being pressed. The juice was then cold settled for 24 hours, racked off lees and fermented with specially-selected Rosé yeast strains. A cool fermentation was maintained to keep the delicate colour and vibrancy of the fruit intact.
IN THE VINEYARD
A selection of Cabernet Franc (63%), Merlot (19%) and Pinot Noir (18%) grapes were grown on a mix of 2 cane VSP and spur pruned trellising. Careful management in the summer months ensured good crop levels and air movement through the canopy. The grapes were picked slightly early to retain a freshness and minimise alcohol levels while allowing for ripe fruit characteristics.