The Blonde 2019
The original source vineyard for The Blonde lies in the Stone Well parish on the mid-rise of the western-ridge at 280m altitude and has a myriad of soil types including sandy-loams, red clays and a limestone rock base — blonde in colour — running the length of the vineyard. It crops naturally at around 1.5 ton/acre, shows perfume, blue & stone-fruits, produces riper, plumper, sweeter fruited wine, while still retaining acidity due to the higher limestone content of the soil.
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 14.5
Standard Drinks: 8.6
In some years a very small percentage of viognier skins are included in the ferment for aroma, to soften tannin, set colour, add texture and more complexity with bottle age. Whole-bunch is utilised on a vintage to vintage basis while foot-treading, hand-plunging and pump-overs is usually the norm. 15-18 months maturation in smaller French oak of which up to a third can be new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under Stelvin capsule.
"Very deep, glowing colour—more purple than red at this tender age. The bouquet is pristinely fresh, clean and bright, exuding blueberry and blackberry fruit aromas laced with varied spices that include pepper, while the palate is full-bodied and nicely concentrated, without excessive heft or grip, and the oak has been subtly played. The tannins are supple and rounded, so the wine can already be approached, although it would be premature to drink it now. 2024-2036." 95PtsHuon Hooke – The Real Review
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