Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Taste: Powerful, mouthfilling and firm, with loads of plumy, spicy flavour seasoned with nutty oak, this wine is savoury with hints of herbs and dark chocolate. Drinking well now but with good aging potential.
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 2013 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: 10 – 14 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 12 months. Unfined.
Bottled: 29 April 2014