Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island. He has gathered a small, dedicated team to produce his Wild Earth range in Central Otago. Established in 1998, Wild Earth Wines owns 35 hectares of vineyards in two of the region's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road overlooking the Kawarau River and in the North Lowburn district beneath the imposing Pisa Range.
Most of the grapes for this wine came from the Terraces Vineyards in Felton Road (Bannockburn) and the rest from Wild Earth's Lowburn Vineyard. The Bannockburn vineyard is composed of predominantly Dijon clone vines and the Lowburn is planted mainly in clones five and six.
Several fermentations were undertaken for this blend from different clones. The hand-picked fruit was de-stemmed into stainless steel tanks to undergo a period of cold soak, before being inoculated with selected yeasts to carry out the fermentation. The wine was aged in French Oak barriques for approximately 12 months of which 31% was new oak. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels in December. The wine was racked out of barrel and blended in March, then settled in tank through autumn, filtered in July and bottled in October.
Warm aromas of black cherry, plum and a touch of toast mixed with a lovely concoction of herbs and spice. Lavish sweet dark fruits fill the palate with velvety concentrated tannins, balanced with acidity and a long lingering finish.