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2011 Waimea Dolcetto

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Densely coloured, this Dolcetto has aromas typical to the variety of blueberry, liquorice, and marzipan. The palate is fleshy with rich ripe fruit characters. These are overlaid with fruit and oak tannins, which add interest and texture to the palate. A lasting juiciness and spice create a very long finish.

Harvest

The 2010-2011 summer had near-record warm temperatures averaging at least 1.2°C above average for the Nelson region. More northwest winds than normal contributed to the warm temperatures and these provided a few deluges that kept both vineyard and winery staff on their toes. Fruit was monitored daily for optimum picking conditions and the winery was operating 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested from Golden hills vineyard on the 14th of April. Once at the winery, the fruit was gently  de-stemmed without crushing to small open top fermentation vats. Allowing some berries to remain whole means that those berries will undergo an internal fermentation, adding some buoyant primary fruit characters to the wine. The must was also cold soaked for 5 days during which time flavour and colour is steeped from the skins. The vats were then warmed for inoculation and a commercial yeast from the Rhone Valley was chosen for its ability to enhance mouth-feel and fruit concentration, and contributing to a spicy finish. During the ensuing ferment, the vats were hand-plunged twice daily, with temperatures peaking at 28-30°C, encouraging optimum tannin and colour extraction.
Once ferment had completed the wine and skins were left soaking, the alcohol now leaching more and different flavours from the skins, skin and seed tannins building in the wine. Some five weeks on from harvest date the wine was then pressed off skins, solids settled out and the wine racked to barrel.

A mixture of French and American oak has been used on this wine, 16% new oak, 41% 2nd year oak and the remainder seasoned oak. The wine was left in barrel to mature and complete malolactic fermentation for 10 months before blending to tank and finishing for bottling late March 2012.

Tasting Notes

Densely coloured, this Dolcetto has aromas typical to the variety of blueberry, liquorice, and marzipan. The palate is fleshy with rich ripe fruit characters. These are overlaid with fruit and oak tannins, which add interest and texture to the palate. A lasting juiciness and spice create a very long finish.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Dolcetto
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 6.15g/L
pH: 3.49
Res Sugar: 2.5g/L
EAN: 9419589001437

Awards

  • 4 1/2 Stars - Wine Orbit
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