The fruit in this wine comes from our two southern sites, providing brightness, purity and natural acidity. The blocks are set up on a VSP trellis system and are a combination of spur and cane pruning depending on the block. The value that these parcels provide is their excellent expression of site and region.
The winter leading into 2020 was significantly wet - particularly during June when 274mm was experienced across the month. This was followed by a drier than usual start to the growing season and slightly warmer than expected temperatures throughout spring. This soon shifted into a hot summer, causing increased rate of phenological development. January provided a reprieve from the hot weather with uncharacteristically cool/mild conditions. Harvest conditions were ideal - a long window for picking with mild night temperatures. Rainfall began to resume during March after the conclusion of the chardonnay picking period.
The fruit is 100% hand-picked into small baskets with a capacity of only 6.5kg to ensure it arrives in pristine condition. Gin Gin clone fruit from our Chapman Brook vineyard block 17 was the first to be picked in early March, with the very last pick coming from our Crossroads Vineyard Burgundy clones 95 & 76 on April 1. After gentle whole-bunch pressing, the juice goes straight to barrels, with all the solids remaining. We use Burgundian oak exclusively, one third being new. The 100% wild ferment is left to happen naturally with some malolactic fermentation encouraged. The wine was bottled over two days in mid-January, just before the start of the following harvest.
14.3% alcohol, 7.43g/l total acidity, 3.24 pH