“A new release wine from the Akitu stable – a very engaging bouquet with a medley of mostly white fleshed fruit with whispers of some red. There’s also a list of non fruit aromas from flowers to river stones and a leesy spice, overall quite seductive. On the palate – very engaging with a steely, leesy texture, lots of crunch and bite then a core of fruit re-emerges leading through to a lengthy balanced finish. A well made and thoughtful expression. Drink now and through to end of Summer 2021.”
“Refined aromatics showing light berry sorbet lift and subtle dried herb notes. A mineral and slatey, floral perfume adding aromatic perfume and complexity.
Abundant entry with texture and depth of flavour flowing to a refined and focused finish. Lacy acidity providing structure and persistence.”
PJ Charteris - winemaker
Picked at 22.5 Brix giving 13 % alc. and good acidity to maintain freshness and vibrancy.
Fruit picked early on a cold morning and immediately transported to the winery for very gentle whole bunch press cycle while the grapes are cold minimising colour pick up and phenolic extraction from the skins.
No SO2 additions to ensure anthocyanin molecules are not bound up and release after ferment. Cold settling then immediately off to ferment.
Neutral yeast to allow the fruit characters to express their character along with cool ferment to retain aromatics.
Left on fine lees post ferment for 5 months to build some palate texture.