Chris and Dave Macdonald
Conders Bend Road Renwick. Marlborough
Alcohol: 13.0 % w/v
Residual Sugar: 4.8 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Climate: Conditions were very dry early in the season, with average temperatures, clear skies and a high risk of frost. Warm conditions over flowering in mid-December resulted in good yields. Decent rain in early and mid-January, allowed for healthy canopies and vigorous growth. February was hot and dry, followed by warm, dry March; perfect weather for intense flavour development.
Soils: Silty loam over free draining gravels
Training: Standard vertical trellis
Harvest Date: 9th & 15th April, 2016
Colour: Light-straw with a gold hue and a bright clarity
Nose: A complex array of spiced pear, nougat, toasted almonds and quince paste
Palate: A medium bodied wine with soft, creamy texture and plenty of ripe fruit flavours. These persist on the long, full finish.
Cellaring: Up to four years
Serve: Slightly chilled
Suggested Foods: A food friendly style, an ideal companion to pork and chicken dishes or enjoy with pâtés and hard cheeses.
The fruit was handpicked and whole cluster pressed. After 24 hours of light settling, the juice was racked off the heavy lees. A selected, aromatic yeast strain and cold fermentation temperature were used to preserve the fruit’s inherent, delicate flavours. After fermentation, the wine was aged on yeast lees for 2 months to aid the creamy texture. Bottling date 12th July, 2016.
Grapes were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, and the finishes wine was matured on lees for two months. The wine offers elegance as well as mouth-filling flavours, showing lifted aromas of poached pear, stone fruit, lemon peel and floral on the nose, followed by a beautifully weighted palate that is ripe and silky. Fruit expressive and immediately appealing, this is a great all-rounder. - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
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