New Zealand is blessed with two natural attributes that enable it to produce Super Premium wines unlike anywhere else: a maritime cool climate and alluvial soils.
New Zealand’s position in the Pacific Ocean provides a unique, temperate maritime climate. The benefit of a cool climate with long sunshine hours is an extended growing season with a long, slow period of ripening. This allows the well ripened grapes to develop strong, intense varietal characteristics whilst maintaining a balanced, crisp, natural acidity. Over thousands of years the continual process of mountain building and erosion by glaciers, floods, and wind, has deposited alluvial soils on the riverbeds and terraces throughout much of New Zealand. These are the soils in which the vines of New Zealand’s renowned wine regions grow unique, quality grapes.
Marlborough Growing Region
The Marlborough region located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island provides a dry, sunny, but temperate climate, which allows the grapes a long, slow period of ripening spanning from January to April. The clear, cold nights keep acid levels high in the grapes, even when their sugars are rising. These day/night temperature variations are a crucial climatic influence that retains the grapes’ crisp, fresh, vibrant fruit characters.
Marlborough Soil Type
Prime central Wairau, Renwick, and Brancott soils. Shallow, sandy loams over deep layers of free draining river gravels, providing low to moderate fertility and excellent drainage.
Clonal / Rootstock Selection
Chardonnay clones were selected to provide smaller berries and more flavor intensity – predominantly Dijon B95, UCD 15, and 548. Medium to low vigor rootstocks were matched for suitability to clone and soil.
Predominantly tight grain French oak barrels are selected to provide integrated oak, which is less tannic, more aromatic, and provide layers of texture and complexity to the wine. These were seasoned for a minimum two year period and medium toasted to ensure softer tannins and heightened aromatic potential.
The fruit was destemmed and lightly pressed, with the free run juice clarified to partial clarity, racked into stainless steel fermentation tanks, and inoculated with a pure yeast culture. 50% of the ferment was transferred to French oak barriques and allowed a slow temperature-controlled fermentation at 57–60˚F (14–16˚C) for several weeks. The barrique-fermented wine was lees stirred regularly and matured for 9 months to achieve maximum softness and retention of varietal flavors. The tank fermented portion was held on yeast lees, stirred, racked, and prepared for final blending. A small portion of malolactic fermentation was undertaken. The resulting wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling.
As a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, we are conscious of our environment and we work hard to identify sensitive areas such as wetlands, streams, and native vegetation to ensure that our vineyard practices do not affect the plants and animals that inhabit these areas. We minimize our water usage through our state-of-the-art soil moisture probe technology. We look after our soils by having interrow ground cover plantings, and by spreading our mulch underneath our vines, to provide a botanically diverse ground which encourages beneficial insects into our vineyards.
2021 Marlborough Growing Season
Excellent fruit from another exceptional vintage, delivering some of the most intensive flavors of recent years.
|Vineyard Locations:||Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley|
|Vine age:||12 – 25 years|
|Harvest Date:||March 11 – 31 2021|
Maturity Analysis at Harvest (weighted average)