2017 Minim 'Redesdale' Vermentino - 6 Bottles

2017 Minim 'Redesdale' Vermentino - 6 Bottles


A new site for me in 2017 and my first time working with Vermentino. The Ruperts Ridge vineyard is farmed by Chris Gilles, without the use of systemic sprays, and sits amongst quartz riddled sandstone and siltstone on an expansive ridgeline at the southern end of the Heathcote GI.

I wanted this wine to see a lot of skin contact, but still offer freshness. Given the abundance of acid in these grapes i let them hang long on the vine to develop flavour and colour in the skins. In the cellar the grapes were destemmed and fermented in full skins over 45 days before being pressed to old french oak casks. A small volume was fermented carbonically, as whole bunches, then pressed to barrel. Two of the barrels remained on ullage over winter, while lees were stirred regularly in the remaining barrels. Racked after malo in late spring, bottled in early summer with a small sulphur addition.

This was a good exercise in patience - in the vineyard and in the cellar. The wine is balanced and savoury, yet still bright with a spice aromatic that i cant quite figure out. 5 months in bottle now and very happy.


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