Grapes come from Pearson's Vineyard. Sourced from Gravel Soil Vineyard in the heart of Waipara Valley. The vines were planted in 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. Pearson, a clone mixture of UCD5, Dijon 115, Dijon 667, Dijon 777 and 10/5. Free draining stony soil brings the good rich aroma for the wines. Vertical Shoot Positioned Trellis is used to train vines. Grapes were hand harvested into small picking bins and sorted again in the winery before fermentation.
Natural yeast fermentation in open top 1.7t vats for about 20 days, then gentle pressing with Basket press. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 418 cases produced.
Aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 18 months.
This wine is quite aromatic and fruity with nice acidity backbone. It is a soft and rounded wine with aromas of sweet red berry fruits and red cherries.