Ra Nui – Gewurztraminer

Ra Nui Gewurztraminer 2009

Vineyards
All grapes were sourced from our home block, the Cob Cottage vineyard. This
vineyard lies in the south eastern corner of the Wairau Valley, on the road just
south of the township of Blenheim. The soil here is a mixture of gravel and
sandy loam areas with some clay components. A warm site this vineyard
regularly produces small ripe grapes with pleasing flavour profiles and great
length.
Season 08/09
We had a wet winter in Marlborough with flood damage in much of the region,
so when Spring finally arrived the soils were still damp resulting in good growth
with little frost risk (normally we have a number of Spring frosts, but in Spring 08
there were few). A perfect flowering all varieties followed and the good weather
continued right through to January 09, which was an extremely dry month.
However late February we had several heavy rain events in a row, resulting in
some splitting and botrytis in the Valley. Fortunately in March we went back to
being very dry (10mm of rain that month) and this fine weather continued right
through until the end of vintage (late April). As well as being dry these final two
months were cool, the days were reasonably warm but the nights were colder
than normal. We harvested all Gewurztraminer off Cob Cottage in one day on 1
April, being “April Fools Day!”.
M A R L B O R O U G H
M A R L B O R O U G H
Ra Nui Gewurztraminer 2009
Vinification
All grapes were immediately transporting to the winery, upon arrival they went
straight into a receival bin and into a small press. A light press followed with all
juice then cold settled for 48 hours, then racked with gross lees separated and
the clear juice having yeast added. A long cool ferment then followed, with
ferment being stopped just prior to the wine being fermented dry. The wine was
then left on fine lees for several months prior to bottling.
All fermentation and storage was carried out in stainless
steel tanks, and shortly prior to bottling the wine was filtered.
Colour/Smell/Taste
Clear, brilliant pale straw. The nose exhibits a georgeous perfume
of lychee juice, violets and Turkish delight. On the palate these
exotic flavours are further enhanced by the smooth silky texture
and mouthfilling richness. A “big” style of Gewurztraminer with
power and richness.
Brix 24 Alc 14.5% Residual Sugar 3g/l

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