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 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: 13 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
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: 15 September 2010
Acidity: 8 g/L
Residual sugar: 9.6 g/L