2016 has been phenomenal, despite the dry season our approach to sustainable wine grape growing has ensured this harvest was overflowing with great fruit quality. The season was challenging, a result of prolonged dry periods and a warm December but we had few days above 40oC and then a much needed rain event came late in January. This was the turning point of our vintage, as the exhausted vineyards inhaled the relief of 48mm of rain, the vines were now set, absorbing the light to bring on the flavours and textures to see way for another great harvest.
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 10 months after harvest.