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. The weather conditions that followed were ideal. ‘Balanced’ probably best describes most wines from our harvest this year.
This Mataro vineyard was planted on our Stonewell property in 2001. Trained onto a single cordon wire, the vertical growth habit produces canopies that help shelter the fruit from the intense sun allowing enough dappled light to assist colour and flavor accumulation. The North Westerly facing aspect has moderately deep brown clay soils with underlying calcareous chalk. The late ripening vineyard is well suited to these soils retaining fresh canopies by harvest echoed by the balanced acid and fresh flavours under warm growing conditions.
The hand-harvested fruit is completely destemmed and crushed 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. Once primary fermentation has been completed the ferment is bag pressed and racked to 2 year old Demi Muid French oak. The wine was bottled 17months after harvest.