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.
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: 16 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning
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: 6 g/L