Rock Ferry Orchard Vineyard Pinot Blanc 'Egg Ferment' 2017
Rapaura, Wairau Plains, Marlborough
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 on the 4th and 11th April. The fruit was bunch sorted and whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was settled for 24 hours and racked clear. 50 % was fermented in a concrete egg with cultured yeast, 35% was fermented in a stainless steel tank with cultured yeast and 15 was indigenously fermented in a seasoned oak puncheons . The wine in stainless was racked after fermentation and matured on fine lees , while the wine in oak and concrete egg was left on full ferment lees for 8 months prior to blending and preparing for bottling.
A powerful nose is balanced with a salty minerality in this 2017 Pinot Blanc. Almond meal & ripe pear are the dominating flavours with a sharp, linear acidity.
Alc 14.0% TA 5.6g/l pH 3.45 RS 5.2g/l
Wine Orbit 5 stars, Michael Cooper 4 stars