The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. It was inoculated to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off its gross lees to new and seasoned French oak. It underwent malolactic fermentation for six months, and remained on lees for 10 months. The wine was gently extracted from oak, blended and carefully prepared for bottling.
The outstanding fruit was sourced from vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Malbec. These vineyard sites have ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and dense structure ripe Malbec can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.
Alcohol 12%v/v, Acidity 6.0g/litre, pH 3.44
Well-matched with peppered fillet steak served with parsley potatoes.