Rock Ferry Trig Hill vineyard Tempranillo
Bendigo, Central Otago
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 Tempranillo is de-stemmed into open top French cuves where it cold soaks for a week before it spontaneously ferments, lasting for about 3 weeks. It is then pressed off into a mixture of seasoned and new French oak puncheons (20% new, 30% one year old, 50% two year old) where it matures for 20 months before bottling, without filtration.
The wine has a vibrant & red fruited bouquet with hints of earth, leather & lavender, while the palate shows ripe silky cassis, berry and plum flavours with fine supple tannins which are framed by toasty oak.
Alc 13.5% TA 5.2g/l pH3.72 RS Dry
This is magnificently complex and engaging on the nose showing dark fruit richness together with smoked game, earthy mushroom, toasted almond and dark spice aromas, leading to a succulent palate that is wonderfully weighted and flavoursome. The wine offers both elegance and opulence, backed by smooth mouthfeel and supple tannins, finishing long and savoury. At its best: now to 2021. 5* Wine Orbit