The 2016 vintage was characterized by very dry conditions and generally warm temperatures. Budburst commenced early in 2016 with strong canopy growth evident by January. The result wines have ripe flavours, which developed at moderate potential alcohol. Natural acidity for these wines lean towards the softer end, providing lovely texture, whilst retaining the elegance and finesse that defines Delamere.
Gentle whole bunch pressing of the fruit and blended whilst still juice, the 2016 Cuvée is an elegant wine representing some excellent characteristics of the vintage. The assemblage consists of 64% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir. This year allowed us to use a large proportion of solids during fermentation to give extra depth and complexity. Four years of tirage age, in tandem with 3g/l dosage, this wine shows a luscious palate with evocative length.
White flowers, lemon blossom and lovely biscuity autolysis presage this wine’s opulence. Structural and balanced with fine tannins, the slightly higher dosage of 3g/l vibrantly delivers a palate of sherbet, lemon curd and refined minerality. A wine that will develop brilliantly under cork.
In its youth, this wine is served best with a selection of fresh Tasmanian Seafood. With age the Cuvee is best accompanied with Peking Duck, spatchcock or poached quail eggs.