A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKER
Plenty of ripe fruit and depth with a fresh finish.
TEMPERATURE 8-13 oC
CELLAR POTENTIAL Now to 2025
2019 was a warm season overall and the harvest was early. Cool weather and regular rain up until Christmas made a slow start to the season, setting up good ground moisture and vine health. January and February were dry and fairly mild, though the nights were warmer than usual. Fruit reached full ripeness easily and timing of picking was paramount for balancing natural acidity.
A blend of clones Mendoza and P58 from Capella Vineyard and fruit from select Mornington Peninsula vineyards. The fruit was pressed in whole bunches and the juice was fermented in French oak barrels. There was partial wild ferment and partial malolactic fermentation with regular stirring. The wine was matured in the same barrels, a mix of seasoned and new, for 11 months.
Layers of citrus and ripe stone fruits with a mineral edge. The wine was fermented and matured in select French oak barrels which adds texture and a touch of creamy depth.
Surrounded by ocean the Mornington Peninsula enjoys year-round moderating sea breezes. The region is renowned for its “four seasons in one day”. Spring is notoriously capricious, summers are dry and mild, and autumn is typically a steady season of calm, warm and dry days. A spine of hills runs down the centre of the peninsula and the vineyards at about 200m elevation are around 2oC cooler than those on the lower lands. The lowlands are characterised by clay loams, while the hills have areas of red volcanic soils