The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery, the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability.
8 per cent whole cluster bunches were added to the fermentation to add a stems component and another layer of complexity. Specially selected cultured yeast were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation, during which the fermenting must be hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. At dryness, the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 25 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225-litre oak barriques.
During maturation, the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (eleven months). During this time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.
Sourced from a single vineyard in the Delta region within the Southern Valleys sub-region of Marlborough. A naturally low cropping vineyard that produces tight bunches with small berries which intensifies the flavour and concentration of the wine. This wine contains clones 115 and a whole cluster component of 8 per cent. The vineyard was harvested at the optimum ripeness and flavour profile.
Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/litre, pH: 3.60.
GOLD MEDAL - China Wine & Spirits 2020