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.
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.
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, as well as charcuterie.
Organic status: Certified organic – BioGro #5266.
2018 NZ Organic Wine Awards: Gold
Yvonne Lorkin: 4.5 Stars
2018 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards: Bronze
The Shout, Tasting Notes with Cameron Douglas, Feb 2018: 88 Points
2017 NZ Organic Wine Awards: Silver
2017 New Zealand International Wine Show: Bronze
2017 New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition: Bronze
2017 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards: Bronze
Winestate Annual Edition 2017: 4 Stars
Winestate, Nov/Dec 2016: 4 Stars
NZ Listener: 4 Stars
TA 4.5 g/l
Residual sugar 14 g/l
|Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: September 2015