Harvest brix 21 – 21.5
Harvest 12.03.2018 – 17.03.2018
Bottled March 2019
Bottles Produced 2130
Clone B95 on 3309 rootstock
Year Planted 1999
Plant density 2.1m x 1.75m
The 2018 season was defined as a warm year, with slightly higher than average rainfall, significantly higher heat accumulation, and low crop levels. This resulted in an early harvest, with low alcohols and a softness and delicacy to the wines. This is the second year we have farmed without irrigation.
Hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard, picking took place on the 12th and the 17th of March. In the winery, the fruit was gently whole bunch pressed directly to a mixture of French Oak puncheons and seasoned barriques. Ferment commenced naturally, and was completed quickly at warm temperatures. The wine matured in barrel (30% new) for 11 months, on gross lees where partial spontaneous MLF occurred. The wine was blended in February prior to bottling in March 2019.
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