$30 per bottle
The spring of 2016 was dry and warm without frosts which lead to an excellent flowering; all in all a great start to the season. The summer was warm with good drying winds reducing disease pressure as well as moderating vigour such that canopies were healthy and well balanced, requiring little trimming. There were cooler autumn temperatures, deliverying some much needed rain. Due to the warmth over summer and the freshness of autumn we were able to harvest the fruit botrytis-free which gave us the ability to continue making the traditional Tongue in Groove Little Stomper style.
This is a blend of grapes from both Cabal and Greystone Vineyards. Both are situation on North facing slopes of the Waipara Valley. The soils consist of clay and limestone. Pinot Gris (PG) grapes were sourced from Cabal Vineyard and both Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer (Gew) from Greystone Vineyard.
Orange Wine involves making white wine using similar techniques to those used to make red wine. It’s an age old technique and involves minimal intervention from the winemaker. It takes a certain amount of nerve however to let the wine make itself. There were two vats, one was a combination mostly of PG and some Gew, the bunches of grapes were destemmed resulting in whole berries. The other vat was 100% PG where the bunches were hand picked and put into an open topped barrel which we transported to the vineyard. Only small children could fit in the top of the barrel and they foot crushed the bunches as they were picked; hence the name Little Stomper. Natural yeast carried out both fermentations and then after one year in barrel the wine was bottled without fining or filtration of any sort. The wine is slightly cloudy and will throw a small deposit in the bottle. No sulphur dioxide has been added but the resulting wine has good tannin levels which will enable bottle aging for the next 1-2 years.
Stunning aromas of berry fruit, strawberry, cranberry and raspberry with a salty edge that is backed up by interesting peppery, earthy and chalky nuances. The palate is rich and full with mouth coating tannins (extracted from both the stems and skins) that give a salivating texture producing a style similar to a light red wine made from Nebbiolo grapes. This wine is incredibly drinkable and an excellent food match as the tannins will cut the richness of most dishes.