The bouquet is striking, full of lemon curd, mandarin, and white peach aromas over a backdrop of ground almond and struck flint.
There's an impressive viscosity that brings together the mouthwatering juiciness and almost quartz-like mineral edge. Superb length on the zesty, finely-polished finish.
The beauty of the UV vineyard lies in its layered subsoils. Free draining sand is interspersed with compacted clay, which allows the vines to dig their roots down into the earth during the hot dry summer months and find pockets of reserved water. This helps the grapes avoid heat stress while allowing them to ripen fully, giving the wine richness and complexity. With such well-tended fruit and ripe, Helen Keplinger was keen to have the grapes harvested in the cool of night to capture all their freshness and balance. Picking was carried out at 4 am – the coolest part of the day – with the grapes taken quickly to the winery to retain their acid structure. With 100% malolactic fermentation and lees-aging in premium French barrels (33% new oak), this wine is a beautiful expression of both its physical and spiritual origins.
100% malolactic fermentation, whole cluster pressed.
18 months on lees in French oak barrels (33% new), bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Pale straw in color with glinting yellow hues.