In 2014, an additional cuvée was crafted from the syrah vineyard Block 31 to illustrate the subtle nuances of the site.
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.
Produced exclusively from the Hermitage clone, which has smaller berries, tighter bunches and slightly lower yields than the Chave clone, this wine has distinctly more pepper and fresh red fruits, finer tannins and more pronounced acidity than its flagship counterpart.
The same winemaking techniques were employed for all parcels. Low intervention and respectful use of oak ensured that vineyard and clonal characters can be clearly identified.
In 2014 the site conveyed red fruits, violets, jasmine and a roasted cracked pepper note.
NZ $414 per case of six. (Minimum order of one case.)