The Crawford River vineyard lies at the alluvial edge of a volcanic lava flow. The 11.5 Ha vineyard has its roots in an unusually complex, mineral-rich soil base. Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base created by an ancient, risen seabed.
Each block is separately hand picked and processed individually. 2017 was 100% whole bunch pressed to stainless steel. 3-4 day settle in tank prior to racking and inoculation with PDM yeast. Cool fermentation to dry in 100% stainless steel. Approximately 6 weeks on lees post fermentation. After being blended, the wine was sulphur adjusted and protein stabilised with Bentonite and cold stabilised. When ready, the wine is filtered in preparation for bottling, which is done in a single batch to ensure consistency, integrity and ease for the winemaker! Sterile filtered.
Bright, fresh floral elements are the primary impression given by this young wine. Spice and texture underpin the soft palate, which shows even structure with lively acidity. Elegant throughout, with hints of oyster shell and citrus peel.