Appearance: Crystal clear – very pale lemon
Bouquet: Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.
Palate: This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouth feel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 9 –13 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers Comments: The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.
Residual sugar: 7g/L