2014 was a relatively moderate season, climatically, for Waiheke; with a return to average rainfall and sunshine hours after the drought of 2013. Flowering was excellent which resulted in very good yields across most varieties. With vigilance and patience shown in the vineyards it was more than possible to ripen the crop to optimum levels prior to harvesting. The overall impression of 2014 are fruit driven wines of impeccable balance with the wines lending themselves to slightly less time in oak and earlier bottling. Each parcel was hand harvested and sorted in the winery after destemming with predominantly no crushing of the fruit with the exception of the Petit Verdot. All of the parcels began wild fermentation after 3 or 4 days during which time the juice was carefully pumped over to extract the softer tannin, flavour and colour before more rigorous pumping over throughout fermentation. Left in vat for over 30 days; the ferments were gently pressed off before going to barrel for 18 months. Un-inoculated malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel before blending and bottling in the following year.
BLEND:50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
HARVEST DATE: 25/03/14 – 11/04/15
BRIX @ HARVEST: 24.5-25.8
BARREL: 100% Seasoned French Oak
R.S 0 g/L