A one hectare, southwest facing plot at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Block 31 is steeply terraced and planted with two different clones (Chave and Hermitage). The 14 year-old vineyard has highly mineralised clay soils that promote good acidity and tannin structure. The vineyard soil and cool aspect ensures that the resulting wines will keep their freshness and varietal qualities for years to come.
Blueberries and raspberries dominate at this early stage. Flinty aromas keep the bouquet tight, but hint at the promise of longevity. A touch of white pepper and background cedar spice offer more complexity. The palate has silky texture with lovely acidity that provides freshness and balance. Only a small amount of new oak was used to balance the site’s primary qualities.
NZ $330 per case of six. (Minimum order of one case.)