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cabernet waltz olive tapenade almond meal cocoa nib black hole heart reverb & sustain

Mid ruby with crimson flashes in colour. Classic cool climate Cabernet nose — cassis cedar spice. Dark plum Merlot. Lifted violets from the Franc. Seasoning notes of soft oak and salty maritime edge Palate is full bodied, softly textured. Franc brings blueberry fruit and savoury peppery tannins. Ripe Merlot brings fleshy dense dark plum and low tone earthy graphite. Cabernet Sauvignon brings terroir specific tobacco leaf, cassis, and fine sinewy tannins to the young wine.

Iridium is one of our most loved wines to grow and make here at The Boneline — vines planted 28 years ago, 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. Hand plunged in small open top fermenters, with extended post ferment maceration — pressed off to a mix of old and new Bordeaux coopered oak, for slow maturation over 18 months. Racked twice prior to grading, blending and finishing in late Winter 2016.

14% Alc/Vol

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warm cedar heart cinnamon quill red liquorice poised tension coastal complexity

Ruby purple with magenta hues. Fresh primary fruits of cranberry & raspberry over dried herbs and blackberry bramble. Understated oak of liquorice & char. Ripe fruit forward palate of dense plum, mocha & violets. Fine powdery tannins balance soft juicy acidity – plush.

Higher rainfall for the vineyard gave vigorous growth requiring heavier crop and leaf thinning – a small ripe crop was picked on 10 May 2017. Hand selected fruit was destemmed without crushing to retain skin and seed integrity. Cool maceration and high fermentation temperatures in small open top fermenters with gentle plunging. Pressing focussed on balanced extraction, with less new oak used in maturation. A gentle approach from the beginning to end in the winery, provided good parcels to build a Cabernet Franc both intriguing and delightful.

13.8% Alc/Vol

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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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