2015 Growing Season experienced so many sequential days of perfect grape growing weather and has been one of the earliest harvests on record. Plentiful winter rains in 2014 were vital for the 2015 harvest. Large canopies, moderate yields and ideal ripening conditions encouraged an earlier than usual harvest free of disease.
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.
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 vigorous growth and results in low yielding vines with intensely flavoured fruit.
The hand-harvested fruit was partially de-stemmed to an open top fermenter, with 30% of the fruit retained as whole-bunch. The fruit was immediately inoculated and gentle pump overs commenced the following day without splashing and the occasional pigeage [foot stomping]. After approximately 7 days the ferment was foot stomped and allowed to continue fermentation for a further 7 days maintaining temperatures above 25ºC.
Once dry the ferment was bag pressed, racked to old French hogsheads and bottled after only 10 months to ensure the style retains its vibrancy and fruit freshness.