Single Vineyard Nelson Albariño 2016

Single Vineyard Nelson Albariño 2016

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Single Vineyard Nelson Albariño 2016

NZ$134.70 incl. GST incl. GST was $22.45 per bottle

Tasting notes

A luminous pale gold in the glass, this wine displays luscious aromas of orange blossom, lime zest and hints of beeswax. The lively, concentrated palate is bursting with flavours of honeydew melon and subtle grapefruit; finely balanced with a light touch of minerality and just a hint of ripe fruit sweetness that leads to a long and juicy dry finish.

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Winemaking

A small parcel of handpicked grapes from our Whenua Matua vineyard in Nelson
were transported to our modern winery located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Once at the winery the grapes were gravity-feed into the press, with the resulting juice settled in stainless steel tanks. Clear juice was then transferred to a temperature-controlled tank for a cool fermentation with carefully selected strains of aromatic yeast. Once the ferment was complete, the wine was racked off yeast lees and left to mature in tank for around two months before being filtered ready for bottling in late July. The wine was then held in bottle for another further ten months to develop further complexity before release.

Viticulture

Grapes for this wine are grown entirely on our stunning Whenua Matua vineyard
located in the Upper Moutere area of Nelson. Heavy clay soils and abundant
sunshine help our fruit gain intensity and structure while attention to detail in the
vineyard with practices such as leaf plucking, shoot thinning and an open style of
canopy management aid in delivering clean, concentrated fruit. The 2015/2016
growing season started with warm spring temperatures in October and November, followed by dry weather in the early flowering period. Temperatures fell midflowering, resulting in lower crop levels throughout the block - however some fruit thinning was conducted especially to avoid overlapping bunches (de-clumping) to improve air circulation and increase fruit exposure. The warmer conditions leading up to harvest assisted the ripening process, with clean, ripe fruit hand-harvested on the 19th March with a brix of 23.

Analysis

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 3.39

T/A: 7.1 g/L

R.S: 7.4 g/L