Rock Ferry Orchard Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2015
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.
Hand harvested whole bunch pressed, using free run juice only, the juice is lightly settled then fermented predominantly in stainless steel with cultured yeast - 20% of the juice went into a 2 year old puncheon to ferment naturally.
Aromas of pear, florals and toasty almonds, the wine has a beautifully concentrated palate, creamy in the middle & laced with flavours of Meyer lemon & nut.
Alc 14.5% TA 4.1g/l pH 3.44 RS 1.3g/l
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly proportioned with very good intensity and well-concentrated aromas of piquant yellow stonefruits with a layer of thirst-quenching mineral. The aromatics build with aeration. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate has rich and finely penetrating flavours of white stonefruits showing good richness and acid vitality. Honey, pear and floral notes unfold toad interest. Some underlying alcoholic power carries the wine to a strong, long lasting finish. This is a rich, well-driven dry Pinot Blanc with stonefruit, honey and pear flavours with fresh acid vitality. 5* Raymond Chan