ARIA -Late picked Riesling
In years that allow, Riesling is picked late in the season to allow extra concentration and some botrytis (noble rot) influence. Over several weeks the vineyard is selectively picked on multiple occasions to harvest the fruit at optimum ripeness. This adds extra flavour nuances and gives a mouth-filling lusciousness, with great purity and elegance, similar to auslese wines of Germany.
Virtuoso is our top Chardonnay and is produced only in exceptional years . It will not be made in years that we feel the estate wine will be compromised by doing so. Made from 100% Mendoza Grapes the wine is allowed to go through a wild fermentation followed by 18 months aging in 30% new French oak puncheons on lees. The resulting wine is multi layered and intense while at the same time retaining excellent focus and finesse.
PRIMA DONNA -Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is our flagship red and PRIMA DONNA our top Pinot Noir is produced solely in years that allow. It is a selection of our best barrels and made only if we feel our estate Pinot Noir will not be compromised by doing so. It is a tribute to the ultimate quality but somewhat temperamental nature of Pinot Noir.
Maestro is a blend of the best barrels of the red Bordeaux varietals, merlot and malbec tending to predominate, although it could also contain cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, depending on the vintage. It is produced solely in the warmer years and only if our estate Merlot Cabernet is not compromised by doing so. Regardless of the vintage, this wine should be ripe and full bodied with savoury overtones and powerful, but fine tannins.
FINALE -Noble Semillon
In years that allow, this noble barrel fermented Semillon is produced. The fruit is left on the vine to develop botrytis. This concentrates the flavours, sugars and acids, producing a complex, sweet wine with a lively non-cloying finish. It is normally aged in old French oak barrels for 2 years prior to bottling giving toasty, savoury overtones.
ENCORE -Noble Riesling
ENCORE is made in a similar way to ARIA, however all of the riesling is left to develop botrytis. The resulting wine is rich and luscious with hints of honey and citrus fruits. Although sweet it is has a purity that provides freshness and a balance of crisp acidity on the finish similar to the trockenbeerenauslesen wines of Germany.