2016 Small Lot Natural Orange Wine
Bottle size: 750 mL
Eyes: Vibrant orange colour.
Nose: Intense nose of bergamot, lavender, rose petal, black tea, peach and marmalade.
Mouth: Dry with medium plus body, replay of herbal, floral and fruit flavours, with a tangy clove note on the palate. Volume added by the lees, with length and complexity from tannins.
Recommended food pairings: An adaptable food wine, great with smoked fish, bloomy and washed rind cheeses, pickled salads, and for the adventurous, rare red meat.
Winemaking notes: The handpicked clusters of our estate biodynamic vineyard were sorted, and then foot tread to crush ~30% of the berries. These were allowed to naturally ferment in a large oak vessel for 25 days. The combination of whole clusters, stems, skins and juice makes a complex fermentation that does not really forma cap, so punch downs were infrequent allowing more of an infusion to take place. Temperatures gently rose to 25°C for 2-3 days, but stems, having no sugar, moderate the heat of fermentation. Both alcoholic (AF) and malolactic (ML) fermentations finished simultaneously in about 20-25 days. The bins were gently pressed and the wine allowed to settle. After 3 rackings, the wine was bottled without filtration. No additives of any kind were made to this wine.
Wine Align - John Szabo : 92 pts
Natalie MacClean - Natalie MacClean : 93 pts
- Retail: $29.95
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