The grapes were sourced from two different vineyards in Waipara Valley - Pearson's and Tussock Terrace. Both vineyards are situated in the center of the Waipara Valley, where the soil is called “Glacial Gravel”. These free draining stony soils bring the good rich aroma for the wines. Vertical Shoot Positioned Trellis is used to train vines in both vineyards. 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. 170 cases produced.
Aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 18 months.
The wine has soft, rounded tannins and is very easy to approach. Aromas and flavors of pink cherry and red stone fruit.