3.4 tonnes/acre from this cool, strong-soiled site on Fareham Lane in the Waihopai Valley. A nearly ideal year: even and sufficient, never extreme, throughout the season. Accordingly, there’s harmony and balance in the wine – just as there were in the vines – rendering this one of our favourite vintages. 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 2013. Alcohol 13.5%, 260 cases produced.
Very pale straw yellow.
Fresh and charming on the nose, clean and pretty: orchard blossoms, alyssum, golden peach; also fresh brioche notes. Ripe, autumnal notes as well – pear, quince tart. Seems to hold all three seasons of the growing year in one bouquet.
Pear and pastry again on the palate, with lovely, lingering flavours of fruit baked with spice: tarte tatin, say, made with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice. Compelling lightness of being, allied to real intensity and length.