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The 2019-2020 growing season has produced a wine with great concentration. A fragrant lift of spiced stone fruit, tropical fruits with a hint of dark herb notes. Packed with flavour, a core of ripe nectarine and lemon-lime acidity, finishing with passionfruit, lychee, and black-currant.
The growing season for the 2020 vintage saw little to no rainfall in November and December 2019. This produced slightly shorter canopy heights but provided ideal conditions for fruit set. The low rainfall continued for the remainder of the season into late March, leading to earlier flavour development in the grapes and no disease pressure. Grapes were picked between March 18th and April the 8th 2020. All fruit harvested was ripe, overall a quality vintage.
The vines range in age from 10 to 16 years old and are harvested from 2 blocks in the estate vineyard. The older block 1 vines are now well established, with roots sitting deep in our alluvial soils. We like to keep it simple in the vineyard, allowing the vines to give the expression.
The harvested fruit was processed quickly to retain the vibrant aromas and fresh acidity. Settled and inoculated with yeast, for fermentation in tank. The wine was blended after several months on lees, it received no fining additions, was filtered, and bottled.
Established in 1996, proudly family owned and managed, Borthwick Vineyard produces wines that are a direct reflection of the Gladstone region, New Zealand. Ancient stony, alluvial soils, a cool climate, sustainable practices and minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, mean our wines display distinctive single vineyard characteristics.