Harvest 2015 was unusual in that it got off to a slow start. We paced about the vineyards waiting for ripeness to be achieved and our patience was rewarded with some intensely flavoursome fruit!
As we get to know this variety we are less bewildered by its outlandish acidity! We now know that once the fruit is golden and dripping from the vine, that regardless of numbers it is time to bring it in. As such it was snaffled up from the Hope Vineyard as the sun came up on the 28th March 2015 just one day later than the previous year.
A short jaunt down Main Road Hope and the fruit was at the winery. It was quickly processed to the press. The press cycle was then carefully monitored and the hard pressings separated off.
Our second offering of this wine, we have learnt that gentle handling and minimal intervention enables this provocative variety to sing, simply highlighting what is already there. To this end the juice was cold settled and racked to two tanks, for separate ferments. Two yeast strains were chosen - each for their ability to emphasize the gorgeous floral and breeziness of the variety.
The ensuing ferments were monitored and arrested when the small amount of residual sugar best emphasized fruit characters but did not distract from the icy freshness of this wine. The two wines were then combined and prepared for bottling on the 21st of July.