In 2015, 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 15 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.
Cedalion 2015 Single Vineyard Syrah ‘Clonal’ was produced fromthe Hermitage clone only, which has smaller berries, tighter bunches and slightly lower yields than the Chave. It also has distinctly more pepper and fresh red fruits, finer tannins and more pronounced acidity.
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 2015 the site conveyed raspberry, white floral and a white pepper note. The wine also shows integrated cedar and a gun-flint nuance
NZ $414 per case of six. (Minimum order of one case.)