The 2019 vintage was one of elation as years of sustainable agricultural practice was rewarded with Organic certification by NASAA. The challenging growing season demanded careful vineyard management, with the implementation of under-vine mulching and increased irrigation ensuring the maintenance of healthy canopies, and even ripening throughout.
The extreme heat of both January and February saw early ripening varieties picked in quick succession, before some relief from the heat was offered in March. The bright sunny days and cool nights enhanced flavour development of our Mataro, Grenache and Montepulciano, emphasising motivation to invest into more of these heartier, later ripening varieties in future vineyard developments.
We anticipate the 2019 vintage will bring us wines of great drinkability and balance; with lively aromatics and bold flavours.
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.