A classic Marlborough summer, with prolonged, dry, settled weather resulted in fruit of excellent quality. Harvest was condensed into a three week picking window, starting late March through until the second week of April. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and with no disease pressure translated into an exciting wine of great concentration and finesse. Produced from Sam Rose’s vineyard on the banks of the Wairau River, these grapes were carefully hand harvested in the early hours of the morning and returned to the winery in small bins. Fermentation was in stainless steel with 10 percent matured in seasoned French oak barriques. The wine was then blended and bottled on the Wairau River Estate.
This wine displays a subtle yet complex nose with aromas of apricots and lime marmalade. These characters translate generously onto the palate and are complemented by a rich soft texture. Made in a dry style, let the wine flow freely among friends and family.