Vineyard Notes

The grapes for this wine come from our Loveblock Farm in the Lower Awatere sub-region of Marlborough, where the elevated and windy location challenges the vines.  Dependent on vigour, the vines were cane pruned to either one or two canes and trained to vertical shoot position.  The warm spring of 2013 brought ideal early growing conditions and a tip-top flowering season.  The grapes were green thinned at veraison to ensure even ripening in the autumn.  Due to the young nature of the vines, yields were less than two tonnes per hectare when harvested in mid-April 2014.

Vinification

Once at the winery, the grapes were crushed, destemmed, must chilled and underwent a skin soak overnight.  The juice was then drained from the skins, which were lightly pressed.  After settling for 36 hours, the juice was racked, warmed and inoculated with organic yeast.  A cool fermentation followed and when the wine was deemed in balance – in residual sugar, alcohol and acidity – the ferment was stopped.  The wine was then stabilised, filtered and bottled in mid-February 2015.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Pale gold with hints of green.

Aroma: Classic rosewater perfume with a hint of orange zest.

Palate: Hints of guava, sweet mandarin and blood orange on the palate. Finishes with good rounded texture and nice acid tension.

Food match: Perfect accompaniment to the spice and sweetness of Asian cuisine.

Organic Status: Certified organic – BioGro #5266.

Awards

2017 NZ Organic Wine Awards: Silver

Winestate: Nov/Dec 2016 – 4 stars

NZ Listener: 4 stars


Analysis

Alcohol 13.5%
pH 3.47
TA 4.5 g/l
Residual sugar 14 g/l

 

Winemaker: Kim Crawford

Tasted: September 2015

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2011 GEWURZ FT

Vineyard Notes

The grapes come from our Loveblock farm in the Lower Awatere sub region of Marlborough. Dependent on vigour the vines were cane pruned to either one or two canes, and trained to vertical shoot position. The warm Spring brought ideal early growing conditions and a tip top flowering season. Due to the ideal flowering conditions, the grapes were green thinned at veraison, to ensure even ripening in the Autumn. Due to the young nature of the vines, yields were less than two tonnes per acre when harvested in mid-April 2011.

Vinification

All of these grapes were handpicked. At the winery they were crushed, destemmed, must chilled and underwent a skin soak overnight. The juice was then drained from the skins which were then lightly pressed. After settling for 36 hours the juice was racked, warmed and inoculated with organic yeast. A cool fermentation followed and when the wine was deemed in balance (residual sugar, alcohol and acidity) the ferment was stopped. The wine was then stabilised, filtered and bottled in mid- December 2011.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Pale gold with hints of green.

Aroma: Distinctly Gewurztraminer with exotic musk melon and lychee notes.

Palate: The wine explodes in the mouth with rich, sweet fruit reminiscent of Turkish Delight. Full and rich the palate dries out beautifully with the combination of alcohol and acidity.

Food match:  Perfect accompaniment to the spice and sweetness of Asian cuisine.

Cellar: 3-5 years

Serve at 45-50°F (7-10°C).

Awards

2014 Inaugural Organic Wine Awards: Gold Medal

2015 Spiegelau International Wine Competition: Bronze Medal


Analysis

Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.45
TA 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar 26.4 g/l

 

Winemaker: Kim Crawford

Tasted: August 2012

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