Light pale straw in colour. An intense mix of aromatics ranging from tropical guava and asparagus with underlying melon and hints of spiced herbs. The palate is pristine and fresh with a textural pithiness dancing on the tongue. Although this wine is best consumed while young and fresh, further complexity will develop over the next 3-5 years.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
The 2020 was a very high-quality vintage, virtually every pick, throughout the
entire region has been approximately 50 per cent down, with some varieties yield being down by 70 per cent. It really has caught all viticulturists by surprise as by appearance the crops look generally on par with most other seasons. The real difference is in bunch and berry size – they are considerably small. On the upside of that – tiny berries equal lots of intensity and flavour.
In sum, the 2020 fruit will make outstanding wines, but very little of them, making this vintage a very rare one.
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to prevent oxidation and retain flavour. Only the free run fraction (550L/T) was used for this wine and fermented at 12-14°C. A small portion was fermented in small stainless vessels (300L) and barrel fermented (~10%) to add mouthfeel and texture.
T/A: 6.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/L
Date picked: 24th Feb 2020 (SAB)
T/A: 9 g/L
Date picked: 17th Feb 2020 (SEM)
T/A: 7.8 g/L