2014 vintage delivered very small crops of exceptional quality. Spring and summer were fine with reasonably moist soil, which typically leads to higher crop levels. However, cool windy and wet weather throughout December disrupted fruit set, resulting in tiny berry bunches. The remainder of the season brought wonderful weather, which allowed full flavour development whilst retaining good natural acidity at low to moderate Baumé (Sugar content). Wines from this vintage will be highly sought after, for their rarity and quality.
Selected from one the oldest block of Pinot and Chardonnay on the Delamere Vineyard Site: Block 8, now over 32 years old, and the vine-age naturally limits the crop produced, leading to superior depth of flavour in the fruit. Fruit hand-picked is delivered directly to the winery where it is immediately destemmed to open top stainless steel fermented. 30% whole bunches were included in 2014, a warmer year, to increase flavour complexity and build firmer tannins The fruit is soaked at ambient temperature (15 degrees celcius) for 5 days before a natural fermentation commences. Gentle hand plunging is performed every 12 hours for gentle tannin extraction, and the wine was pressed out after 14 days. The wine was transfer to 2 of our best quality French oak, a new barrel and one 1-year old, where the wine matured for 10 months before bottling.
The delicate but highly complex aroma of this wine tells the story of the unique quality of the Block 8 site and age of the vines. Strawberry and cherry fruit dominates the nose with earth, forest floor and hints of star anise spice. The palate is taut with firm sinewy tannins, a complexity of length and flavour is evidence of its potential to age for 20 years.
Seared venison, baked field mushrooms, rare rib of beef or a rump of lamb would be the perfect accompaniment.