Pale straw with green gold hues. Intense aromas of nashi pear, honeysuckle and almond blossom florals with nuances of ginger spice and underlying notes of white nectarine. A focussed medium-bodied palate of stone-fruit is enveloped by elegant layers of baking spices, and beautifully balanced with fine acidity to create texture and a long, crisp finish.
“This has attractive riper and richer fruits, poached pears and apples, and gently spicy, fluid texture.” Nick Stock & James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
The 2016 vintage began with below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to provide average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January/early February brought relief to our early-ripening varieties in the Adelaide Hills, resulting in excellent conditions for natural acid retention and clean fruit. This was followed by further rainfall in early March, which eased the stress on the late-ripening varieties, allowing them to mature towards a predicted earlier harvest due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar, colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
“This has attractive riper and richer fruits, poached pears and apples, and gently spicy, fluid texture.”