The early harvested wines from 2015 sustained great natural acidity, ripe tannins with bright fruit flavours and spice. Another season remarkable for delivering naturally balanced wines without testing alcohols nor over ripe flavours. A very good vintage with many wines likely to demonstrate great cellaring potential.
The Savagnin vineyard is located on our Stonewell Estate. Planted in 2005, the vines are located just beyond our Lagoon. The unique strip of black to brown clay soils [Biscay] are extremely reactive to moisture and required careful management. The physical properties of these soils are ideally suited to white grapes and early ripening grape varieties.
The fruit for this wine style is harvested early in the development of fruit ripening to encourage great retention of natural acidity and moderate sugar levels. The fruit is pressed under inert gas [N2] and the combined free run and pressings are lightly clarified in tank prior to inoculation for primary fermentation. The wine is fermented between 10 – 12°C prior to being arrested when the desired sugar, alcohol and acid balance is achieved. The stabilized wine is immediately bottled with the addition of CO2 to provide a fine effervescence.
Pale straw in colour with a slight green tinge. A refreshing bouquet of apples, honey suckle and lime. The fine bubbles, fruit and citrus tones provide a refreshing palate with a clean finish.