Rich mocha and bright, brambly fruit on the nose. Dark cherries persist along with hints of cocoa and tea leaf. The front palate is bright and spicy while the mid palate and finish are soft and clean, making for a very easy finish and a simple, refreshing experience. This wine is meant to be drunk young but can age for 2-3 years.
Hawke’s Bay lies on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The region enjoys dry summers with moderate, cool nights. This single vineyard Malbec which was grown in the Bridge Pa Appellation on the Heretaunga Plains. The soils are Silty-loam, free draining red metal of mixed alluvial and volcanic origin. The wines from this region tend to show more lush fruit and
rounder tannins. The 2016 - 17 season was extremely dry and hot followed by some heavy rains in February and again in March/April. This forced an early pick resulting in intense, bright, primary fruit reflecting the hot summer.
Picked in early April the fruit was then de-stemmed and only lightly crushed to allow the skins to slowly breakdown during the fermentation. The fruit was then cold macerated for 3 days on skins before slowly warming the 2 tonne fermenter and allowing a wild fermentation to kick in. Fermentation lasted 13 days before the wine was then macerated on skins again for an additional 16 days and which also allowed for full malolactic fermentation to take place on skins. The wine was then pressed to tank and settled and again racked off its heavy sediment in June. In July the wine was evaluated and the decision was made to release this wine for the spring as a ‘Nouveau’ Wine meant for young drinking.
ph – 3.92 TA – 4.3 Alc – 13.5%