Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the second vintage made entirely on the Estate.
This was one of the cooler summers in the Waipara Valley although it was followed by a lingering dry autumn. The vineyard went through two hail storms in Summer. We hand thinned out all the damaged bunches leaving an unusually small harvest with terrific cool climate varietal flavours with good natural acidity.
Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed immediately 0 brix was achieved. The completion of fermentation and maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), none new, for 11 months.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and very low levels of sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.