Inspired by Michael Seresin's own connections and interests, we are a new world winery with an old world approach - we are in no hurry when it comes to our wines. We let the wild yeasts that live in our vineyard ferment the grape juice into wine. Working this way does take a little more time, but we get wines with added savouriness and with more mouth watering textures and flavours. They also show a unique sense of place. We let all our wines spend time in barrel or bottle before release. Good things come to those who wait.
The main portion of fruit for this wine is derived from the clay-rich hillside ‘Raupo Creek' vineyard, in the Southern Valleys, with the balance coming from the alluvial shingles of the Tatou vineyard. Each vine is hand-tended throughout the season to create a balanced canopy and optimise fruit quality.
Fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and cooled. After pre-fermentation steeping, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged twice a day during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 2 weeks of post ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques of which 7% were new. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 18 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
A blend from all three of our vineyard sites, Rachel is named after Michael Seresin's mother. The vines are cropped to produce enough fruit for just one bottle per vine, and this fruit is handpicked and completely destemmed before being fermented with wild yeast. The nose exhibits aromas of black cherry, truffle and chocolate. The palate is concentrated and full, with a dense core of rich fruit, alongside savoury spice and herbal notes, all underpinned by silky-fine and mouth coating tannins. Long on the finish, with a cleansing acidity, this is a poised, yet powerful wine.