Quantities are in 6 bottle cases - $132 for 6 bottles
($22 per bottle)
5 STARS - Wine Orbit, Nov 2021
RECOMMENDED - Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review, Sept 2022
COLOUR: A bright salmon pink.
NOSE: A red fruited wine that exhibits a layered nose of fruity esters of strawberry, raspberry and a slight watermelon aspect.
PALATE: The burst of flavour on the palate brings a combination of red fruits to the fore in this well-balanced wine. A fine texture and refreshing acidity both contribute to a moreish wine of great flavour and richness with a long creamy finish.
REGION: 100% Waipara, North Canterbury
VINTAGE: The 2021 vintage in Waipara, North Canterbury was warm and dry, good growing conditions. Heat summation was well up on average while rainfall was 50% less than normal over the last three months before harvest. The lower rainfall meant that disease pressure was not present, allowing the winemaker to be patient and instruct the picking of the fruit in absolute pristine condition where the balance of sugar and acid were tasted at their premium. The fruit was harvested a few weeks ahead of normal due to these warm days and cool nights. This had the effect of enhancing fruit flavours and creating wines of great balance.
WINEMAKING: The fruit was harvested at maximum flavour as assessed through frequent tasting in the vineyard by the winemaker. After crushing the fruit, the skins remained in contact with the juice overnight to gently extract the delightful pale pink colour from them. This was followed by cold settling to clarify the juice which was then fermented at low temperatures to optimise the preservation of the aromatics. The fermentation was conducted using a special Rosé yeast from the South of France. A balanced amount of residual sugar was left in the wine to complement the acidity and to add palate weight and structure.
WINEMAKER: Matt Connell
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir
MATURATION: 100% stainless steel fermentation.
Alc Vol: 13%
Acidity (TA): 5.6 g/L
Residual Sugar 3.1 g/L
PEAK DRINKING: 2021 through to 2023 - ideal slightly chilled in spring and summer months.