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 another good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Niña rains
continued through the first half of the growing season (630mm July to June) but eased after Christmas, although storms and hail were often in the forecast and nearby. Temperatures increased significantly in the second half of the season to a total of 1430 Growing Degree Days.
We started picking Chardonnay early March, and with only a couple of exceptions (Sauv Blanc and Riesling) the yields for every block were
near long term average. The fruit was in very good condition, picking weather was mostly very helpful and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are average but most lots will go through malolactic fermentation in the
At this 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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