32hl/ha from a 1.2 hectare parcel from this cool, strong-soiled site on Fareham Lane in the Waihopai Valley.
A vintage that proffered site voice over season.
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, no settling; indigenous primary and malolactic fermentations, enduring 10 months. Raised in used French oak, 450-500L puncheons. Bottled in April 2015. Alcohol 13.5%, 380 cases produced.
Brilliant, straw yellow.
Lively complex, hay camomile, sunflower seed and polenta. Like milled corn with ripe quince.
There is an opulence at first but then great drive, embracing phenolics which provide energy and momentum.
Charismatic, less happy go lucky than other vintages, in my mind better for it.
Adamant and attractive.