All the fruit for this wine is hand tendered from the Paritua vineyard block adjacent to the winery. The vineyard is one block, organically farmed and all wines comes from grapes grown and harvested on site. Carefully selected rows of low yielding 15-year-old Clone 15 and 95 Chardonnay were hand leaf plucked and bunch thinned through the growing season and hand harvested at optimum ripeness.
Alluvial (gravel & silty loam)
Selected rows of clone 15 were hand leaf plucked, bunch thinned and harvested by hand. Trays with whole bunches are placed in the winery cool room for overnight chilling. Pressing takes place the next day in a basketpress. The juice is taken straight to barrel for fermentation. The wines are lees stirred after ferment and remain sur lee until final blending. Approximately 25% underwent malolactic fermentation.
12 months in oak barriques (40% new)
A seductive nose of ripe Navel orange and fleshy nectarine with nougat and vanilla notes to add to the complexity and interest on the nose. The palate starts silky with sweet fruit flavors of navel orange, almond and clove with a rich textural midpalate including further hints of nougat and vanilla balanced with fine oak and a lingering citrus finish.