Ferrous and gamey, with red fruits of pomegranate, strawberry and plum. Medium bodied, spicy, with some biscuit elements too, cut flowers, soy and savoury spice. Intense! What a wine. Waters Wine Co.
The 2019 is a blend off four vineyards across North Canterbury. The sites include the most northern vineyard on the Omihi Saddle (planted on Omihi clay soils), and three Waipara vineyards: Top block on Waipara’s “Golden Mile”; Three Sisters on Rangitata gravels; and Porters Family vineyard on Domett clay soils.
Hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts in open-top fermenters with 30% whole bunches, the wine was then aged in French barrels (20% new), for 11 months before settling in stainless steel tanks on light lees for a further four months.