HERETAUNGA ALBARIÑO 2019
A relatively trouble free Spring with no significant frosts and
good flowering led to a moderately wet early Summer. This set
up the later season and vintage period beautifully as the season
became warm with little rain. March was particularly dry without
the often present humidity allowing the luxury of perfect harvest
Young Mass Select Albariño vines, grown in silty loam over
gravel in Bridge Pa. 2019 is the second crop from these vines and
the quality is increasing each year. Vines crop levels are kept low
to keep the vines in balance, and irrigation is minimised to allow
natural terroir to show through. The vineyard is managed to
SWNZ standards with a nil residue spray programme.
Harvest Date: 28th March 2019.
100% Hand-harvested. Whole-bunch pressed. 100% barrel
ferment in older barriques with one third being indigenous
fermentations, including MLF. Ten months in barrel on full lees
with occasional lees-stirring. No fining.
Pale straw coloured with refreshing lemon, lime and ripe
nectarine characters. Flavours of honeysuckle and stonefruit
mingle with a subtle saltiness that provides a savoury taste to
the wine. Rich and full bodied yet fresh with mouth-watering
crisp acidity giving great balance, length and structure.
TA: 7.1 g/L
Suitable for Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes
Number of cases produced: 570 x 6pks
Smith & Sheth Heretaunga Albarino