Vintage and Vine Even growing season; not too hot, not too cold, decent rain at the right time, a bit of a ‘goldilocks’ vintage! Fine and relatively settled spring led to a good fruit set. Strong shoot growth in early summer set a good canopy. Rain arrived in the second week of harvest, leading to some fierce picking. Sun returned for remainder of harvest leading to a long warm Autumn. Crafted from mature vines planted at the Eclipse vineyard Puruatanga road Martinborough. Hand harvested from March 28th 2016. Winery Majority destemmed to small open top fermenters. Gentle hand plunging 2-3 times per day. Average maceration 30 days. Gentle pressing to tank followed by around 1 week settle time before being sent to barrel. Oak regime; seasoned French puncheons, with a focus on lower toast levels and tighter grain. Maturation for 12 months. Bottled in July 2017.