Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Bouquet: Fragrant, lemony, limey and toasty bouquet.
Palate: A dry style wine with very concentrated citrus and stone fruit notes with an underlying complexity of spices. Backbone of minerality, highly structured with a long lingering aftertaste.
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 8-12 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.
Bottled: 20th August 2009
Acidity: 8.2 g/L
Residual sugar: 7.7 g/L