39 hl/ha from a 1.2 hectare parcel of this underrepresented variety, on Fareham Lane in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley. A lovely, balanced vintage, with sufficiently changeable conditions, but no troubling extremes.
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, no settling; indigenous primary and malolactic fermentations, completing after 17 months. Raised in 450-500L demi-muids, all French, 5% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in September 2016.
Alcohol 15%, TA 5.3 g/l, RS 3.6 g/l, 3120 bottles produced
Limpid, dense, brilliant, very pale gold.
Enormously perfumed: pear, brioche, fennel pollen, lemon curd; hints of cassia and clove; also semolina, and melon rind. This gives a sense of fully ripe, but never overripe, fruit; heady but fresh, broad but detailed.
In the mouth, combines power with charm; retro-olfactively floral, as one seems to taste a rose, when inhaling its scent; pear again, and a pretty squash flower/melon nuance. Almost excoriating finish, but never topples, or forfeits poise. Coy but somehow adamant, flirtatious in an implacable sort of way.