“Estate- grown at Onetangi, the 2012 is fresh and youthful, but already enjoyable. Weighty and fleshy, it is peachy, dry and gently oak-influenced, with slightly buttery, biscuity and creamy notes adding complexity. Drink now or cellar.”
Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2014 Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines.
Cellaring: Drink now or suitable for cellaring up to 5 years
Season: 2012 began with a warm dry spring resulting in good fruit set and crop levels. During mid to late summer we experienced unsettled periods, with a significant rainfall recorded in both December and mid-March. April and early May were fortunately very
Harvest: Hand harvested – 4 April 2012
Analysis: Total Acidity 5.7g/L, Alcohol 13.5 %, pH 3.51
Oak: Seasoned French Oak
Bottling: Feb 2013, 153 Dozen
The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed, then briefly settled to clarify. The juice was fermented in older French oak. The wine was aged on lees with occasional battonage for 10 months.