This wine comes from old vineyards that were planted in 1974. The plantations lie in north-west facing dry lands, trellised and planted in rich decomposed granite soil. In terms of the winemaking process, whole cluster bunches were pressed and fermented with different yeasts to add the desired complexity. The process included natural fermentation, with 33% of the wine being barrel fermented in French oak and aged independently before final blending. The barrel portion was stirred for lees contact every second week for 4 months and only a portion of the juice underwent malolactic fermentation.
The flavour profile of this wine is beautifully round, fruit-driven and displays subtle oak character. Noticeable fruits include citrus, stone fruits, pineapple, lime and a hint of white blossoms that compliment the overall aroma.
Although the 2017 vintage delivered very low yields, it did provide exceptional fruit, with high concentration, ample finesse and exceptional purity. The 2017 vintage has superb maturing potential and is sure to age gracefully.