Region: Hope Valley, Nelson
Country: New Zealand
This wine is all about patience, from bud to bottle, and to your glass. It will continue to open and reveal more and more of its nature as time goes by.
After hand picking and whole bunch pressing, the juice was settled, then allowed to go through a natural/wild primary fermentation in 20% French oak and 80% stainless-steel. The wine was then blended back to a single stainless-steel tank and left on yeast lees (autolysis) for an extended period of just over two years to soften. It was then moved off the lees back to older neutral oak for six months to reawaken before bottling. The wine has undergone full secondary malolactic fermentation (MLF) to further soften acidity and enhance mouthfeel.
Bright, full, light golden colour, pale on edge, the bouquet is full with rich aromas of citrus fruits, honey suckle, apple, green papaya and pear. There’s something very waxy about this Sémillon at times as it opens in the glass and continues to blossom, with striking enough acidity to carry it forward. This is dry in expression, and unfolds its gently rich and sweet fruit flavours on the finish. The extended elevage, optimal fruit ripeness and touch of oak are all helping to bring some of the savoury secondary development notes in to play also.
Fruit comes from vineyards were certified organic in 2008.
Colere (Latin for 'to cultivate and worship the land and spirit within') is that of an ethical one, an advocate for artisans, celebrating organic/biodynamic vignerons throughout NZ. Colerewines seek out small unique parcels of interesting wines from these divergent minds who continue to develop their creativity in the winery and cultivate humility in the vineyard.