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The grapes for this wine were selected from a single vineyard site in the cool climate region of Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills. The fruit was harvested and whole bunch pressed to tank where it was allowed to cold settle overnight. The juice was then racked to new, 1 and 2 year old French oak barrels. Fermentation was undertaken at warm temperatures to increase flinty, savoury notes with 5% of the wine also undergoing malolactic fermentation for added complexity. The wine was then matured in oak for 7 months with stirring of the lees every 2 weeks to give a textural mouthfeel. The wine was lightly fined, stabilized, filtered and bottled under screw cap.
The 2017 vintage began with above average rainfall in winter and spring which set the vines up very well. Budburst was on time, but conditions were very cool for the first part of spring. The summer rains stopped in mid-January and it was very dry for the rest of the summer with only a few millimetres of rain meaning that disease pressure was low. The days were mild with a lot of cool nights which delayed ripening on all varieties. This longer hang-time resulted in excellent conditions for flavour and aroma development.
Enjoy now or up to 7 years.
Pale yellow with hints of green.
Lifted aromas of white nectarine, melon and citrus with toasty savoury notes.
The palate has intense flavours of white peach and honey dew melon with a long line of crisp acidity. Savoury oak and lees contact gives this wine complexity and a textured mouth feel.