Tempranillo, Spain’s noble grape makes for full-bodied and age worthy wines. Sweet dark fruits, think black cherries with a whiff of violet and rose unfold into a brooding, opulent but elegant palate. A highly complex and mouth-watering wine equal to a ‘Reserva’ quality (total of 3 years ageing). Great structure and a long, lush finish to enjoy for many years to come.
Vintage 2017 set off to a great start with good flowering during Spring and whilst Autumn was challenging (due to cyclones which hit Marlborough), our low yield philosophy paid out and we picked healthy grapes bursting with flavours before any rain could touch them.
Hans' Winemaking Comments+
'A long cold soak extracted the beneficial compounds from skin and seeds of the healthy grapes. I then let the grapes go through a natural fermentation for a few weeks. After gentle pressing the wine matured for a long 36 months in partly new French oak barriques. With additional bottle ageing at perfect temperature this would equal to a ‘Reserva’ quality (total of 3 years ageing). No fining. No filtration. Purely natural.'
The exuberant deep ruby-purple colour catches your eye, with the rich and robust nose tantalising, awaiting the first sip. Aromas of sweet dark fruit, like black cherries with hints of violet and rose unfold into a brooding, opulent palate with dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla and spices. Smooth tannins balanced by an elegant acidity. Evolution dominates over fruitiness, but it is delicious with a soft earthiness. A highly complex and rich wine with great structure and a lingering finish which you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
|Clones||HR2C1 / HR3B2|
|Rootstock||Riparia / Schwarzmann|
|Soil||Shallow (<45 cm) well drained sandy and gravelly soil, developed from stony alluvium.|
|Planting Density||5,500 vines/ha|
|Residual Sugar||<0.10 g/l|
|Ageing Potential||10+ years|
Food Matching Suggestions+
Paella of course… game, roasted meat comes to mind.