Winemakers Reserve Chenin Blanc
This is a single vineyard wine from the Moteo Ridge Vineyard. Perched above the Tutaekuri River on an inland north facing river terrace, its cool nights and warm daytime temperatures make it an ideal site for Chenin Blanc. The vineyard is farmed organically and with naturally low yields from the 2013 vintage, the fruit was harvested in excellent condition.
The free run juice from the press was gravity fed directly to a mix of 600 litre French oak demi muids and 228 litre barriques for fermentation with wild yeasts. After a long ferment a decision was made to bottle the wine as a small Winemakers Reserve parcel. The finished wine was left on lees in barrel until February 2014 and then bottled unfined ensuring the finished wine is an unadulterated expression of its site. Only 155 cases were produced.
This dry, full-bodied Chenin Blanc displays vineyard-derived complexity . Made with a ‘hands off’ approach, it is powerful and age worthy, vividly exhibiting the grapefruit and yellow fruit notes of fine Hawkes Bay Chenin Blanc with subtle oak and lees derived complexity from barrel fermentation and ageing.
Enjoy with seafood or Asian inspired dishes.