The 2017 growing season was one of our more challenging to date, with cool weather during berry development. However, the warm Central Otago Autumn meant we had no frost or disease pressure, allowing fruit to hang on the vines until the ideal sugar levels and phenolic ripeness were reached. Overall, volumes were down but quality remained.
The nose opens with warm, lifted aromatics of dried herb and gamey characters, while vibrant red fruits of Doris plum, blueberry and raspberry abound in the mid palate. The finish of this wine is warm and envelopes with forest floor, mocha and fine persistent tannins leaving a long soft finish. The characteristic minerality of our Gibbston site shines through, underpinning the palate and imparting both tautness and backbone.
12 months in 40% new French oak
Only 8,350 bottles produced