Region: New Zealand
Appellation: Kumeu, Auckland
Color/Style: White, Medium-Full Bodied
Produced from grapes grown in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay this wine undergoes partial barrel fermentation which provides some richness but very little oak in influence. Combined with the tank fermentation, this allows the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach. Due to a spring frost, they had a very small yield in Kumeu so Hawkes Bay fruit made up 57% of the final blend. This includes some fruit from the Rays Road vineyard which gives the wine an extra limestone edginess. The weighty mid-palate shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality.
100% hand harvested,100% whole-bunch pressed, Indigenous-yeast fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation, 61% stainless steel tank fermentation, 39% barrel fermentation (5 year old + French oak barriques)