The colour of this wine is pale straw. Aromas of white peaches, apricots, ripe pear and melon with hints of roasted cashews and vanilla dominate the nose. These characters also surround the palate’s citrus core. The texture is impressive, the acidity balanced and complexed by oak nuances and intensity of fruit. Although this wine is best consumed while young and fresh, further complexity will develop over the next 5-7 years.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
The 2021 season posed some challenges with rain in early February followed by unseasonably cool temperatures delaying the start of the white harvest, although slowing everything down and allowing the flavour to develop was the benefit in the end.
The rain and cooler temperatures gave reds a much-needed drink, allowed colour to intensify and the following warmer finish allowed them to maximise flavour expression.
In the end, vintage 2021 started late, finished early and across the board quality very, very good!
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to prevent oxidation and retain flavour. The free run fraction (550L/T) and pressings were treated and fermented separately with the free run fermented at 12-14 degrees C in stainless steel with French Oak staves and the pressings barrel fermented in 3yr old French barriques. All parcels were fined separately then blended according to taste.
Residual Sugar: < 2 g/L