Biodynamic Demeter certified Bendigo Estate vineyard; planted in 1998, with a vine density of 5,000 plants per hectare. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland with an elevation from 217 – 264 metres, on 44.55° south.
We experienced an extraordinary summer resulting in the hottest growing season ever in Central Otago’s modern history. Early flowering and ripening meant our normal six months of growing was condensed into a mere five months. February rain brought relief for the vines and enabled them to achieve physiological ripeness, and warmer than normal nights lead to lower acidity. Harvest dates were brought forward to achieve perfect balance.
Hand-picked in ideal condition and ripeness on the 20th March 2018. Whole bunch pressed, minimum settling followed by natural fermentation in French oak (10% new) and aged on lees for 12 months. Bottled on the 16th April 2019.
We are delighted to announce that our wines have both been awarded a Double Gold Medal at the 2019 Six Nations Wine Challenge: Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blancs 2013 and Bendigo Estate Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2017
"Distinctive bouquet with a core of minerality and varietal fruit signatures. Apple and pear skin, sweet lemon and blossoms, a gentle white pepper spice. Dry on the palate with a core of fruit, adding a smooth satin texture. Abundant acidity, white spice and a floral mineral quality. Well made, decent finish, lots to like."