Our aged release program started back in 2006 when we set aside a few cases of our key varieties, Riesling & Pinot Noir, with the intention of releasing them in 2016, 10 years later. Stock has been set aside every vintage since. The inspiration for this came from the desire to offer our customers the opportunity to taste these wines in full maturity, something that is relatively rare these days. We consider this to be a particularly satisfying time to experience these wines with the added complexities of bottle age, while still offering years of good drinking ahead.
The growing season was influenced by La Nina weather conditions, resulting in a very mild spring, a warm summer with high sunshine hours and a long, lingering autumn. In spite of being dry we had infrequent, but well spaced showers keeping the vines very happy. Late in the season, when the grapes were fully ripe, a small portion developed beautifully raisined noble botrytis, which is given the wine extra concentration, depth and flavour.
The wine has a pronunced lemon hue with aromas and flavours suggestive of peaches, nectarines, apricots and guavas. There are also hints of mandarin and orange marmalade, refelcting the wine’s extended maturarion time in bottle. It is concentrated and powerful in the mouth but has a spine of tingling acidity and minerality that sinuously weaves through the palate to give balance and elegance.
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