1314 Blanc 2020
We make this wine with alfresco dining in our minds. Stylistically fresh and vibrant with less new oak and an earlier bottling regime, made for immediate drinking enjoyment.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Sauvignon Blanc (76%) primarily from a 1996 planting also includes a parcel of fruit from an older block that is now part of our organic farming zone. Chardonnay (9%) from a 2016 planting, Riesling (15%) from 1976 and 2015 plantings.
- Chardonnay wild fermented in French oak hogsheads, undergoing full mlf.
- Sauvignon Blanc part-fermented on skins.
- Riesling fermented in temperature controlled tank
- Blending, filtration and bottling January 2021
- 13.5% alc/vol.
Ideally a blend where the best attributes of each variety complement those of the other two: rich stone fruits from the Chardonnay, tension and a herbaceous note from the Sauvignon Blanc, citrus drive from the Riesling.
We had a fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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