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Pinot Noir 2016

alluring perfume cherry blossom almond winterspice fluid silk poise suspense

Very bright ruby garnet with distinct crimson hues. Aromatically – striking & seductive, bright red fruits, heartwarming winter spice, almond kernel & cherry stone lift – in time revealing a darker core. Warm, soft & silken on the palate – palpable fruit depth – authoritive presence. A fine poised pinot which sings of where it is from, and those who have worked with it from vine to wine.

Vinification of this wine is still evolving as we learn to voice the sense of establishment that these old vines bring. We destem without crushing before ferment, then soak on skins for up to a week. A small portion we whole bunch ferment and work specifically to draw out aromatics & structure. Primary ferments are fairly quick, hot & hand plunged, then sit on skins for a while, aiming for extraction levels just right for each vat. Wine then matures in Burgundian coopered French oak for a year before blending & bottling unfiltered.

14.5% Alc/Vol

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Sauvignon Blanc 2014

tropical flora seabreeze 
jalapeno gravels driven

Initial subtle exotic aromas of papaya, frangipani & guava – a more savoury element splices in with jalapeno pepper, creamy lees & toasty oak. In the mouth it’s bone dry, full bodied with a rich citrus & stonefruit core. A refreshing dry finish of cinnamon spice & maritime crunch.

13.0% Alc/Vol

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Riesling 2016 2016

sun drenched apple orange blossom honeysuckle harvest gold slipstream sleek

Brilliant pale straw with lime green hues. Aromatics of ripe apple enhanced by lifted florals. Even texture building through mid palate to ripe golden delicious apple with soft edged persistence. Long textured finish winding to conclusion in clean fruity acidity.

12.6% Alc/Vol

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Sauvignon Blanc 2016

wildflower passionfruit boxtree funk  mineral flint

Eye catching pale straw yellow with green hues. Aromatically, the most striking sauvignon we have created. The fruit showcases passionfruit, elderflower & lime perfumes. On palate – crisp, fresh & dry – explodes in the mouth, leaving mid-palate weight with struck match flint & briny crunch.

Grown mainly on two blocks of our vineyard –from an upper terrace of old vines on a mix of grafted and own roots – own rooted vines providing greater band width of green to ripe flavour, while grafted vines are more uniform and provide consistent ripeness. The other block is a low riverside terrace called Hellblock where the vineroots drink from underrunning streams in the gravels, grow vigorously producing fruit with intense thiol precursors, adding passionfruit gooseberry & flint to the finished wine. This year we also added a small quantity of fruit from Block 3, which grows more like Chardonnay than Sauvignon Blanc, lends itself well to high solids barrel fermentation, adding further intensity.

We try to make Sauvignon Blanc as distinctive as our special site, utilising subtleties in processing fruit from these different blocks, differing skin contact times, enzyme use, & temperature. Different fermentation treatments, such as yeast strain, juice solid levels, nutrition regimes, fermentation rates & lees handling all provide wonderful componentry with which to blend this wine.

12.5% Alc/Vol

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Pinot Noir 2016

Luscious berry lift rata flower rum & raisin sweet balsam mocha woven

Bright ruby crimson. Aromatically – lifted ripe summer berry – rata flower, boronia. In the mouth – soft luscious fresh fruit overlaying spicy Rum & Raisin earthiness – crème brûlée – sweet balsam – fresh fruit woven between lacy acidity & silky tannins. Autumnal loveliness.

14.5% Alc/Vol

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Sharkstone Chardonnay 2016

Layered citrus apricot crumble focus & drive multifaceted & vital

Mid straw green. Aromas of citrus oil, grapefruit pith, hazlenuts, grilled nectarine, slivers of spicy lemony oak, apricot, cashew, flintstrike, creamy lees. Silky in the mouth, layered flavour & texture mid palate, salty mineral dry finish. Lees influence tightly wound through this wine, over a rainbow of bright citrus / deep stonefruit / brioche oak aromatics. A heavenly creature.

14% Alc/Vol

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Barebone Chardonnay 2016

Chalky white citrus gorse flower keystone acidity brûlée

The limestone laced soils of our upper terrace sing their song through fruit intensity & tension. These Jurassic limestones are of a similar period to those prime parcels of Chablis — the Kimmerigian & Portlandian, and contain a myriad of fossilised diatomic creatures. Biological, chemical & physical parameters of these soils provide a happy balance of nutrition, water holding capacity & drainage. This fruit from 2016 came from a very comfortable growing season. It was lovely.

13.5% Alc/Vol

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Iridium 2014

deep crimson magenta pastille violets plum
tobacco cedar graphite maritime edge

Deep purple magenta colour. Each variety shows itself in the nose, dark chocolate / mocha & plum notes from the Merlot, smouldering tobacco, cedar & cassis from the Cabernet & violets, red-currants & graphite from the Franc. Palate shows sturdy structural tannins that cloak deep dark pastille at it’s core made slightly savoury by bay leaf, black olive & anise. Iridium ’14 shows a typical maritime edge, and with time we expect this wine to relax & reveal rue complexity from its smoky depths.

Iridium is our flagship red wine here at The Boneline – planted in 1980’s it contains some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the country, tucked in to a natural amphitheatre type bend in the Waipara river that traps serious heat in our dry summers – enough to ripen these late varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot. Hand tended bunches, hand sorted in the vineyard, destemmed and soaked for up to a week pre-ferment. Once malolactic ferment completed, wine was pressed and settled to tank before running off to 30% new Bordeaux coopered oak, for slow maturation over 15 months.

13.8% Alc/Vol

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Hellblock Riesling 2014

Enchanting spring blossom apple lime soda driving mineral crunch

Aromatics – unashamedly floral with rose, lavender, apple & citrus blossom –leading through citrus fruit, ripe red apple & crunchy mineral. Low alcohol makes this wine refreshing in the mouth – lime & soda lightness of being. Fresh lemony citrus flavours fill the midpalate while a structural acid spine adds line & length. Significant residual sugar & acid balance to provide a lovely mineral finish.

Fruit sourced from Hellblock – a riverside terrace of gravels run through with underground streams – a source of moderate vigour and healthy canopies providing shading from the searing Waipara sun. Flavour ripening is accelerated, while brix remain low – allowing the making of this crisp, refreshing & slightly Germanic style. Handpicked at lowish brix, whole bunch pressed – only free run juice is used to avoid excessive phenolic pick up from the skins, cold settled, racked clear for cool tank ferment. Neutral yeast was used to enhance varietal grape flavours, and stopped ferment when natural sugars balanced the crisp zingy acidity.

9% Alc/Vol

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