WINE NOTES: The nose has volume with aromas of lemon curd, tangelo and apricot. There is a depth of mellow fruit on the front palate with excellent balance and integration of elements. Typically, citrus fruits are in evidence though they are riper in character with this vintage and perhaps secondary to melon and yellow-fleshed fruits. A little new oak spice and creamy richness from barrel fermentation compliments the ripe fruit flavours adding texture and a mellow breadth to the palate.
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VINIFICATION:Machine harvested and de-stemmed in the vineyard and transferred directly to press. Juice was briefly settled and transferred with moderate solids to French oak barriques and puncheons, (19% new) for fermentation. For this vintage all barrels were inoculated with selected yeast. A portion of the wine (65%) has undergone secondary malolactic fermentation (MLF) to further soften acidity and enhance mouthfeel. Pressed and settled in tank before racking to barrel Fermentation Barrel fermented in French oak, (19% new). Inoculated with selected yeast, Maturation 11 months maturation in barrel with minimal stirring of the lees during the first winter only