Crafted from a selection of small blocks located at the Western end of Waiheke Island, Viognier thrives in our warm Maritime climate. The grapes were hand harvested when flavours peaked inside the small window of optimum ripeness that occurs with this variety. Our vineyard management is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Carrying on the previous theme of the last few year’s, 2015 saw another load of happy staff foot squish a portion of the hand harvested Viognier, whilst the remaining fruit was delicately whole bunch pressed. We really like the textural element foot stomping and macerating brings to the finished wine. The pressed juice was run to both a stainless steel tank, and French acacia and oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was then rested on lees for five months before bottling. As a result of curiosity and adventure, this wine has turned into a delicious, complex number with multiple layers, and is perfectly expressive of the vintage and site upon which it was grown.
WINEMAKER Chloe Somerset
VARIETIES 98% Viognier, 2% Marsanne
FERMENT NAME Hey Jude
REGION Waiheke Island
VINEYARDS Browns and Edwards Vineyards
FERMENTATION/AGING Fermented in stainless steel and aged in French acacia and oak.