Our best blocks of semillon are planted on free draining lateritic gravel with a layer of clay appearing at variable depths. This is a blend from our Chapman Brook Vineyard, our coolest site, located approximately 20 minutes south east from the winery, derived from two low cropping blocks; blocks 4 and 7. The parcels are spur and cane pruned to strict vertical shoot positioning, the site is cool giving slow ripening allowing a great complexity to develop. The semillon vines’ canopies are opened to allow gentle ripening and rounder fruit flavours.
Winter of 2016 was characteristically wet, with August experiencing a recent rainfall record of 228 mm - resulting in a significantly higher than average annual rainfall total. Spring was generally milder and experienced slightly more rainfall than average. Flowering in all varieties was delayed 10 days as compared to 2016, with this period generally sunny, resulting in excellent set. Summer was mild with few hot days, and veraison occurred 3 weeks later than in 2016. The gentle ripening conditions resulted in wines of exquisite mineral acidity and detailed aromatic and flavour profiles, a beautifully balanced year.
This wine starts with a selection of the best parcels of fruit in the vineyard, the 2017 fruit was carefully machine harvested at night to best preserve the fruit freshness. The berries were lightly macerated then gently pressed, fermented in a unique 700 litres concrete egg which naturally creates a vortex whilst fermenting, allowing the ferment solids or lees to constantly be in suspension. This adds flesh and weight to the wine whilst preserving delicate flavours and aromas. The wine was aged unsulphured and untouched on lees for two years with regular stirring. The wine was lightly filtered and bottled, being allowed to bottle age for 14 months before release.
11.5% alcohol, 6.53 g/l total acidity, 3.21 pH