For something different, and a wine we have fallen in love with, we give you Lagrein. It’s an Italian varietal, related to Shiraz and Pinot Noir – think Pinot Noir with some added oomph. Aromatic and fruit driven with flavours of black plums, ripe red cherries and oak spiciness.
Our Lagrein 2014 is a full bodied red wine, luscious and with a full palate. It is initially aromatic, and is a fruit driven wine with flavours of black plums, ripe deep red cherries, some tobacco and oaky spiciness.
Food match: Meats such as beef, lamb, chicken.
Lagrein is originally an Italian variety from the Alto Adige region in northern Italy. It is a cool climate variety and the vines are planted on our stony river terraces of the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. A cool climate area of New Zealand for producing world class wines. Our aim is to produce award winning wines by handcrafting wines of excellence and individuality with precision and skill.
Season review: The 2014 will be remembered for being a very early harvest, as a result of a warm sunny summer. This was the first small crop for the Lagrein vines with approximately 1kg of fruit per vine. The weather at harvest began well but became cooler and more cloudy after the 7th April. Great flavours developed earlier in the harvest, allowing us to pick the fruit just before the weather deteriorated as the fruit reached optimal maturity.
Variety: 100% Lagrein, Single Estate, Awatere Valley, Marlborough.
Vinification: The fruit was hand picked by our dedicated team of neighbours and friends over the course of a long day. The fruit was de-stemmed and then cold soaked for 48 hours before being allowed to slowly warm up and fermenta9on began. Two weeks later the fruit was gently pressed with the wine then going French barriques, 10% new oak, the balance in 1,2,3 year old wood. The wine spent 10 months in barrel before being prepared for bottling.
Cellaring: This wine is ready to drink now and can cellar for at least 7+ yrs.
Serving Temperature: 16-20°C
Harvest Date: 14th April 2014
Bottled Date: 17th February 2015