100% Cabernet Franc, farmed organically, vinified naturally and estate grown by neighboring Paritua Vineyard. The vineyard has been in organic conversion since 2018. Grapes were picked by hand from low-yielding vines on the Paritua home block.
Ngatarawa gravels, Takapau silty-loam (free draining red metal of mixed alluvial and volcanic origin) and shallow clay-loam soils with underlying deep free draining pumice.
De-stemmed without crushing with 10% whole bunches included in the ferment. Fermented with indigenous yeast (pied de cuve), 17 days post ferment maceration, indigenous malolactic fermentation, pressed to stainless steel and then left on its lees for nine months to develop texture. Prepared for bottling with a minimal sulphur addition. Unfined.
Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
A coulis of red and black fruit gives way to raw cacao, cinnamon sticks and a stony, salty core. There is a touch of prunes which is a nod to the warmer vintage. However, where fruit would usually reside front and centre in a ‘vin de soif’, The Paranormal has a brooding minerality instead.