The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.
The juice was pressed off immediately following harvesting to minimize skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice was fermented using a selected yeast strain in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.
Pale straw with a slight green hue.
Aromatic grapefruit and fragrant tropical fruit with a hint of oyster shell.
Luscious ripe blackcurrant and pink grapefruit flavours combine with a green herbaceous thread. The palate is steely with mineral notes and a subtle salty note lingering on the finish.
Drinking beautifully now and best enjoyed over the next two years.
Alcohol 13% v/v, Residual sugar 1.3g/L, Acidity 7.1g/litre, pH 3.34
An ideal match with smoked salmon or green-lipped mussels.
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