This wine is entirely from our Chalk Ridge block, just to the south of Havelock North. It is a steep, north facing amphitheatre that is strewn with fossilised limestone.
We hand harvested the block in two passes on 7th April and 22nd April. A tiny amount of Viognier is included as whole cluster fruit in one of the ferments (overall 0.9%). The fruit was in fabulous condition in 2016 and we think that this may be one of the best ever wines to come off this very special block. Post ferment and MLF the wines went off to French oak (with just a touch of new oak in the mix). Final assemblage occurred in June 2017 and the wine was bottled on 10th July 2017.
“Priced right, this single-vineyard red is deeply coloured, full-bodied and well structured. It has fresh, concentrated plum and spice flavours, a hint of black pepper, fine-grained tannins and impressive complexity. Open 2021+.” Michael Cooper, Nov 2018
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