Montepulciano and Aglianico : Stansborough Vineyard (Williamstown)
Negroamaro : Andretzke Vineyard (Angaston)
Montepulciano 43%, Negroamaro 43%, Aglianico 14%
The Stansborough vineyard is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay top soil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The Montepulciano and Aglianico were planted in 2011 and are SAVii01 & FP501 respectively. The Montepulciano is spur pruned to 32-36 buds per vine and green thinned, with the Aglianico cane pruned and also thinned. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue. The Negroamaro was grafted onto old vine Semillon in 2014 and is spur pruned.
The Negroamaro was picked on the 4th April with the Aglianico and Montepulciano on the 9th April 2018. All the fruit was destemmed and lightly crushed (rollers open) to their fermenters. The Montepulciano was placed in concrete open fermenters and seeded with Melody yeast. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards allowing gentle extraction. After 10 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into older French oak. The Aglianico and Negroamaro were split in two smaller fermenters and indigenous yeast was allowed to start fermentation, one parcel was fermented on skins for 12 days with the other remaining on skins for 75 days, a percentage of both was used in this blend. The three parcels were matured separately in older French oak until blending in late May. The wine was left in tank to settle naturally before bottling. No fining or filtration used.
Vibrant colour, aromas of cherry, rose, herbs, orange skin and sweet spice resembling red wine based vermouth. A crunchy lively palate showing elements of each variety, the Montepulciano adding the red fruit notes, Negroamaro adding a citrus and the spice element with Aglianico giving floral, herbs and the fine tannin and natural acid. We are so excited to finally release this wine after years of planning and we are so pleased to now be able to share this unique Barossa blend
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 8 years.
Alc/vol 14.3 % TA 5.86 g/l pH 3.61 RS 2.5 g/l VA 0.60 g/l