The grapes come from our Loveblock farm in the Lower Awatere sub region of Marlborough. Perched high on the hillside, about 150m above sea level, our Chenin Blanc vines were allowed to botrytise in the late autumn. when raisining had occurred the grapes were hand-picked and transported to the winery.
Fully botrytised grapes are rare on the hill due to the constant wind. The unique autumn of 2014 allowed the grapes to ripen fully and then with the late rains they botrytised perfectly. Picked at 42 Brix, the juice was fermented until it stopped naturally. The wine was then stabilised, filtered and bottled into a convenient 500ml bottle in October 2014.
It is not often we get these wines in Marlborough, but when we do they are world class.
Colour: Golden colour with hints of green.
Aroma: Bursting with apricots, pear and green apple and a hint of lime.
Palate: Apricot, ripe pear and apple. Intensely sweet and well balanced with firm acidity and alcohol. Lingers forever.
Cellar: 2-3 years
Status: Sustainably grown and made.
Dish Magazine: Top Wine – January 2015
Cuisine Magazine: Top 10 (#4) & Best Buy – October 2015
TA 12.8 g/l
Residual sugar 230 g/l
A truly decadent wine to enjoy with fresh fruit salad, soft ripe cheese or just to finish off a meal.
Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: August 2014