"It’s piercingly aromatic but with a firm tilt to the mineral, herbal spectrum, keeping more vulgar aspects at bay while still releasing wisps of passionfruit into the mix. Think of a herb garden just after a summer shower and you’d be on the right track. In the mouth, there’s a particular fullness that swells on the middle palate and gives sharp, citrus-herb flavours nice drive and carry. There’s trademark acid and some gorgeous texture through the finish that should ensure ease of matching with a variety of food. Indeed, this is a wine one might reasonably label a “food wine,” as it cries out for company of a similarly fresh, zesty character. A nice, gentle lemon curd finish carries the wine through to a squeaky clean close."
Clones F14V9 (75%) and H5V10 (25%) from our Judd vineyard. Grapes hand-harvested in mid April and transferred to press via gravity before being whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice fermented by indigenous yeasts in old French oak barriques. Throughout a 7 month maturation period in barrel, lees were stirred and a natural partial malolactic fermentation proceeded with the onset of spring. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
Vintage note: Following heavy rainfalls in the winter of 2014, vintage 2015 growing conditions were exceptional. Mild and consistent temperatures over the summer and a cool and dry autumn produced beautiful fruit, balanced yields and healthy canopies. The resulting wines have bright fruit, great balance and persistence. One of our very best vintages. Yields were well up on the previous vintage.