Wine & Vine Update - May 2019 May 22 2019
As Winter fast approaches and the seasonal changes become more apparent across the region, the vineyard is heading into dormancy.
The focus now is rejuvenating the soils to ensure the vines are in peak condition for the Spring growing season. Mid row disking, organic manures and cover crop seeding will all happen over the next 2 weeks. These practices are vital for healthy soils but also helping to eliminate weeds and the need for herbicide use.
With vintage 2019 wrapped up we are making room for some exciting projects over the coming months including planting some Touriga Nacional, a red Portuguese variety that will provide some amazing fruit in the years ahead. There are also plans to re-work some of the hanging cane Sauvignon Blanc over to Grenache to take some demand pressure off the Tempranillo.
The remainder of 2019 will also bring some exciting new release wines rolling out at cellar door:
2017 Wildwood Ridge Reserve Chardonnay
An iconic wine of the region with only 260 cases produced in 2017. Harvested by hand and whole bunch pressed straight to a mix of French oak puncheons and barriques (37% new) and fermented with wild yeast flora and matured in oak for 10 months with partial malo-lactic fermentation allowing to occur. Typical estate characters of yellow nectarine, lime blossom lift with blanched cashews completing the aromatic profile. A palate bursting with primary fruit is refined with natural acid and finishes with richness and weight from oak maturation. A highly sought-after wine that will drink superbly for the next 15 years.
2017 Single Vineyard Block 4 Chenin Blanc
A highly acclaimed wine form the regions finest and oldest Chenin vineyard and is 100% estate grown and vinified. Hand harvesting a select parcel from the block 4 vineyard, whole bunch pressed straight to French oak puncheons (18% new) and allowed to undertake wild yeast fermentation. 8 months maturation on ferment lees further complexes and builds this premium small batch wine. A vibrant aroma of fresh apple, fresh orange blossom and subtle cashew lift from the glass. The palate is taught with natural acid and textured with slippery phenolic and finishes with fleshy white peach flavours. A wine with remarkable aging potential, drink now or cellar for 15+ years.
2018 Aravina A Collection Sparkling Chenin
Patient maturation “en tirage” that delivers a sparkling wine of vibrancy and style. Hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and fermentation in old French oak puncheons further complexes expressive wine. Fresh apple, citrus flower and warmed hazelnut lift from the glass. A tight and succulent palate that is textured and complexed, this is a wine to enjoy with any special occasion.