2018 Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Tempranillo
Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand.
Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.
The grapes were hand harvested; 75% were destemmed and 25% were left as whole bunch. All were transferred to the oak cuve for indigenous fermentation. The ferment reached 32 degrees and lasted for 10 days. After this the wine was left on skins for a further 21 days for tannin maturation. It was then drained into 500L French puncheons (30% new, 30% 1 year old, and 40% older seasoned oak) where it underwent MLF the following spring and matured in oak for a total of 17 months prior to racking and bottling.
Rich aromas of plums, dark cherries, and Christmas cake mixed with spicey notes of tamarillo, clove, and vanilla. Firm chalky tannins frame the rich fruit character of the wine, giving it great generosity and structure as well as increased aging ability.
Alcohol - 14.0%. pH - 3.78. TA - 6.5 g/l. RS - dry. Contains sulphites and organic eggs. Certified organic.