Bush pear and mandarin peel with citrus blossom and wild honey. Textured, with a crisp mineral finish.
Produced from grapes grown at Pipers Brook and at Strathlynn on the west bank of the Tamar River, 70km away. Northeast sites are close to Bass Strait and are subject to strong maritime influences. The Tamar Valley’s hillside slopes offer vines some protection from prevailing westerly winds, promoting warm, settled conditions for much of the growing season. The West Tamar also has surprisingly low rainfall. Sites around Pipers Brook feature Ferrosol (volcanic) soils, while those in the Tamar Valley are Vertosol (black cracking clay) soils. Both soil types have excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season. Pioneering clonal selection gives consistency of up-front fruit and palate balance from old vine material.
Cold harvested at night, the fruit was gently pressed following a short period of skin contact. The juice is then cold settled racked off solids, retaining some of the light fluffy lees and fermented slowly at cool temperatures in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Following a brief time maturing on yeast lees the wine is then bottled early under screw cap to preserve freshness and intensity.