A combination of ripe tropical fruit, gooseberries, figs and guava give this wine many layers of flavours. This vintage is riper and fuller on the palate.
Vines planted: 1993 - 2002
Soil: Hutton & Oakleaf
Trellising: 5 wire extended mobeable Perold
Weather patterns are definitely changing. 2015 was an early harvest but 2016 was earlier still, by 4 days. This was the end result of a long, dry and warm summer. 2016 Is a challenge for the fruit driven white varietals. These less than favourable conditions were countered by good canopy management and early morning picking.
Yield: 10 t/ha
The Challenge is the cellar is to capture the full potential of each batch of grapes. After sorting, destemming and crushing 50% of the grapes had skin contact for 6 - 12 hours. Only the freerun juice was used for this wine. The wine was fermented in stainless steal tanks and left on the lees for 2 months.