Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Bouquet: Powerful perfumed nose of raspberry, cherry and violet with a hint of cedar wood.
Palate: Intense flavours of juicy black fruits such as blackberry, black cherry and plum with savoury notes of liquorice and peat supported by a soft layered tannin structure.
Location: Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2012 after long slow ripening.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 9 – 13 year old vines on VSP trellis, cane pruned.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were mostly destemmed with the use of 10% whole bunch, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered.
Suggested Food: Venison, game, beef and lamb dishes, smoked meats and fish and hard aged cheeses.
Bottled: 19th Sept 2013