2019 BENDIGO GROWING SEASON
A very high quality vintage, in spite of a severe October frost. Warm spring and summer conditions gave even bunch weights and moderate yields. Benign conditions continued through to picking, with sufficient rainfall to keep vines healthy. Fruit at harvest was in beautiful condition.
The China Terrace Vineyard is located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Gently sloped and north facing, it has 4 clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay planted over some 7 hectares. Being over 320m, it retains a coolness relative to Bendigo’s natural warmth. This, and the complex accumulation of loess, clay and schist in its soil, gives wines of fresh, bright complexity.
|Titratable Acidity:||6.30 g/l|
|Titratable Acidity:||4.9 g/l|
Two clones, 667 and 777 were divided into a number of small fermenters, each with a different proportion of whole cluster used, from 0 to 100%. Maceration time and fermentation intensity varied; ranging from 14-28 days, depending on the extent of whole cluster. After indigenous fermentation, the wine was pressed to barrel for 10
months, with 33% new oak used. The final blend has 33% whole cluster.
AROMA AND PALATE
The wine immediately exhibits Bendigo’s richness, in the form of plentiful dark fruits and spice on the nose. A generous, seamless palate unfolds with regal ease. Whilst coated in richness, the wine is graceful, finishing with purity and finesse.
Beautiful drinking for the next 5 years, and will cellar for 10.
95 Points - Outstanding - Cam Douglas - Complex, varietal, fruity and alluring scents of dark cherry and dried raspberry, dark red apple skin and baking spices of oak. There’s a mineral layer with scents of stones and silty loess. On the palate - equally complex and concentrated with vibrant and precise flavours of red berries, plums and baking spices reflecting the bouquet. Toasty new barrel layers, medium+ acidity and firm tannins provide for texture and foundation. Well made, youthful and ready to enjoy from 2021 through 2029+.
95/100 - Bob Campbell - From a gently sloping, high-altitude Bendigo vineyard. Ripe, intense, pinot noir with plum, red cherry, dried herb, subtle red rose petal and smoky oak flavours. A stylish complex wine with cellaring potential.