Citrus blossom and peach on nose and palate. Lovely tight acidity and refinement. Luscious mouth feel. Fresh and tangy.International Wine Challenge 2016
100% single vineyard Albarino from Stanley Estate's family vineyard in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Bright straw-yellow with lemon-green hues, aromas of white stonefruit, limes and exotic yellow florals. Dry to taste and a full, warm and rounded generous palate. Concentrated flavours of white and yellow peaches, honeydew melons, vanilla, passionfruit and pineapple are complemented by minerality, zesty acidity, and slight oak spice.
TIME IN OAK
The 2015 season will be remembered for being a very early harvest, as a result of a fabulous hot summer. Fruit cropping levels were about 25% below ‘normal’ fruiting levels. The weather at harvest was fine at the tail of a very dry growing season. Great flavours developed steadily during the ripening period, with the fruit picked in parcels as the blocks reached their optimum maturity.
The hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed on a gentle cycle. The juice was then settled, chilled and racked to old French barriques of a variety of ages, and then fermented using the wild yeast strains on the fruit. The balance (60%) was gently pressed and then transferred to stainless steel tanks, where it went through a controlled fermentation using French yeasts. The wine spent a good time on lees to add a real depth of flavour and palate weight to the wine.
IWC 2016: Silver
Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
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