Chris and Dave Macdonald
Conders Bend Road Renwick, Marlborough
Alcohol: 13.5% /vol.
Residual Sugar: <2.0g/L
Titratable Acidity: 5.8g/L
The season started with a very dry late winter and early spring. The temperatures were similar to the long term average, but varied greatly with a number of warm days followed by cold spells. Colder conditions over flowering resulted in average yields. In late December, the climate became very warm and dry, ideal conditions for ripening. This fine weather continued over harvest, meaning the vineyards could be picked at ideal ripeness and with intense flavours.
Silty loam over free draining gravels
Standard vertical trellis
7th April, 2015
Lifted red cherries and plum with a delicate aniseed and cinnamon note.
A medium bodied wine with prominent red fruit flavour’s, spicy oak and savoury complexity. Gentle tannins and lingering acidity give velvet like texture with a fine finish.
Drink now or cellar carefully for 3-5 years
Room temperature with decanting
This wine is particularly well suited to game and mushroom dishes.
The fruit was handpicked, destemmed and crushed into a small open top fermenter, where it underwent a 5 day cold soak. The fruit was then inoculated with a selected yeast strain, whereby after a quick, warm ferment ensued. The ferment was then gently hand plunged up to 3 times per day, extracting colour and flavour from the skins. After light pressing, the wine was racked to French oak barriques (10% new) where it was matured for 15 months. Bottling date; 9th September, 2016.
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