The wines produced from the vintage of 2014 are excellent. The weather conditions during spring and early summer were dry and above average heat degree-days regulated shoot growth and berry development. By mid February and well into veraison, soil moisture levels were extremely low but a record-breaking rain event replenished the soils with 100mm of rain. The weather conditions that followed this rain event were ideal. ‘Balanced’ probably best describes most wines from our harvest this year.
This is our oldest property, predominantly planted to vineyards by my Grandfather. The site is easterly facing and produces well balanced wines with fresh flavours supported by great natural acidity. Situated at 300m above sea level, the conglomerate rock formations of pink quartzite and shallow red/brown clays discourages high vigourous growth and results in low yielding vines with intensely flavoured fruit.
The hand-harvested fruit is destemmed to an open top fermenter. The must is inoculated and allowed to ferment between 22-25oC until dry. The cap is managed by pumping over twice daily without splashing and the occasional pigeage. Once primary fermentation has been completed the skins are retained to macerate for a further 7 days before being bagpressed and racked to new and seasoned French oak. The wine was bottled 19 months after harvest to ensure the style retains its vibrancy and primary fruit freshness.