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Summer berries — supple soft — sunburst spice — coastal complexity
Bright purple with crimson hues – iridescent. Lifted red blue & plummy black fruit –- mulberry brambly wilderness. Savoury kelp – maritime plants. Understated oak manifests in spicy yoghurt tones. Soft succulent purple fruits, inherent spiciness, coating velvety tannins, yielding yet supporting acidity. Supple, ripe & fleshy luxe. One of the most wonderful wines we have grown – alluring & astounding.
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.
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.
Lush autumn berries — deep — dark — generous — weathered earth
Deep ruby – crimson flashes at rim. Aromatically of the Waipara region – black plum – morello cherry & spice – understated oak offers gentle earthiness. In the mouth – bountiful sweet fruit – plummy dark cherry from Dijon clones & long tapered finish from old Swiss clones.
Supple soft endearing wine made to enjoy young. Please do.
Crisp — dry — citrus oil — lime zest — apple blossom — ethereal
Brilliant pale straw green. Aromatically speaks of the site, variety & vintage – delicate white flowers, lemon blossom & lime zest overlay current of stony minerality. Refreshingly dry with lime zest / lemon peel complexity, deeper ripe fruit in mid palate, balanced with knife edge acidity. Doughy lees influence knits fruit & acid. Upbeat & uplifting.
Aged, small, less vigorous vines on a high terrace of Glasnevin gravels – giving low cropload & concentrated ripe citrus peely fruit – combined with more vigorous lush & zesty fruit from Hellblock at river level.
Hand harvested in two separate batches, both whole bunch pressed to tank with a hint of solids adding texture & dimension to the ferments, while retaining purity & elegance. Fermented to near complete dryness, before components blended together with small amount of yeast lees to act as preservative during 10 months tank maturation.
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.
Weighty soft velvet — fluid silk — plush fruit — precise — pure — perfumed — ethereal
Superbly ripe fruit handpicked in late March (on the same day as 2013 Waimanu went to bottle), destemmed without crushing into small fermenters, with a small portion of whole bunch ferment. Ambient soak for 5 – 7 days, then hand plunged through hot primary ferment and macerated on skins for a week or so post ferment. Matured for a year in Burgundian French oak – until next year’s harvest.
At bottling – ruby garnet, flushed with crimson, purple and blue. Fruit focussed aromatics of classic cool climate Pinot Noir – plum, cherry, and summer berries – wrapped in seasoned oak giving lively toasty spice. Ethereal florals, notes of cloves, nutmeg and violets – a totality of fruit, spice, oak and earth. In the mouth – cool, tight and high tensile – structural acidity, alcohol and tannins holding concentrated Pinot flavours to the core. Whole bunch process adds lovely sappy edge to the tannins, suggesting tension yet to be released. Bouyancy of the bright acidity balances the sweetness of fruit and alcohol. A wine true to this site, to the various old clones. A remarkable wine of temporal and spatial acuity.
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.
bone dry funk — flint — gravel — whetstone — toast — cream
Grown and made with complexity in mind. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed direct to barrel. High solids ferment in new and seasoned French oak. Wine retained on lees with intermittent stirring for 8—10 months. No malolactic.
Flinty oak and mineral notes lift tropical aromatics which give way to ripe lychee, melon and grapefruit. Spectrum of tropical to citrus to stonefruit — crammed full of interesting flavours, wrapped in lovely toasty oak and creamy lees underpinned by saline acidity.
Intense — gooseberry — passionfruit — tropical — mineral — flint
Brilliant pale straw green. Aromatically striking & appealing – passionfruit, gooseberry, elderflower & grapefruit, with a ripe exotic fruit undercurrent. Gunflint from barrel fermentation & creamy yoghurt complexity from extended lees contact, knit aromatics together. Refreshingly dry, tangy, medium to full bodied & intense. Seriously concentrated flavours of passionfruit /gooseberry /grapefruit complimented with pithy tropical fruits. Lovely saline minerality pulls the fruit through the mid-palate to give a long dry satisfying finish.
Intense — noble rot — citrus peel — compote — toasty — vanilla bean — stonefruit — luscious
Very botrytised “fruit” handpicked in the snows of 2012. Pressed over 3 days to release small amount of intense sweet orange juice – fined & settled for several month, while we grew up a strain of yeast able to handle the severe osmotic pressure in this juice. Slow ferment over 18 months to achieve balance, then matured in 1 year old oak for another 18 months to settle & balance.
Straw gold. Complex nose with lifted waxy botrytis characters, think grapefruit marmalade, baked apple, candied pineapple, dried apricot, & lovely toasted brulee. Highly viscous slippery wine crammed with dried stone & exotic fruits, roasted hazelnut, quince & pineapple flavours. Palate has intense sweetness, yet acid to divert cloying, giving serious palate length.