The grapes come from our Loveblock farm in the Lower Awatere sub region of Marlborough. Perched high on the hill, about 150m above sea level, the Muscat grapes ripen exceptionally early. Picked on 12 March in perfect condition at 18.2 brix, 6.75TA and 3.42 pH, the grapes were immediately pressed and cold settled at the winery.
Once settled, the juice was racked and inoculated with yeast. Cool fermented till 10 brix the wine was then fortified in true Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise style with grain alcohol. The wine was then stabilised, filtered and bottle into a convenient 500ml bottle in October 2015.
A unique wine style for Marlborough.
Colour: Golden glow.
Aroma: Gentle aroma of sloe berries and dried fruit.
Palate: Unfolds with creamy apple pie, honey, rosewater and mandarin. Its crisp acidity ensures a clean, lively finish.
Cellar: 6 years
Status: Sustainably grown and made.
TA 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar 82 g/l
Enjoy with apple crumble, cheese or even instead of dessert.
Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: November 2014