NGERINGA Sangiovese 2011
Available to SOLSTICE members only
on a steep westerly facing slope of the Rufus Vineyard at about 360m above sea
level on a rocky red ironstone and schist over clay. Quite a challenging vineyard
site – facing west, it receives the belting summer sun and often is exposed to
characteristic winds of the Adelaide Hills. From the top of this vineyard in
the distance, however, one can see Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray
River, consequently receiving cooling evening breezes, which do much to
preserve fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening. Only 750 vines planted.
Direct and pretty, this is another wine that strongly reflects its cool
vintage. Spicy, forest-floor undergrowth and cured meat on the nose atop
sweeter red-fruit and caramel notes. The minerality of this wine creates an
almost suspenseful tension. Sour cherries, morels and spice on the palate.
2011 growing season was marked across the Adelaide Hills region by heavy rains
and subsequently high disease pressure. NGERINGA was fortunate to weather the
difficulties well with reduced yields but lovely fruit displaying
characteristic cool-climate textures and flavours. Winter 2010 set in early and
cold with frequent, drenching rains filling dams and delaying the onset of the
growing season. Spring and early summer remained uncommonly cool, punctuated by
periods of rain requiring prudent canopy management and yield reduction. The
summer heat was all but non-existent other than a brief spell towards the end
of January. Instead, days were often sunny but frequently no more than warm,
with the evenings consistently cool. Ripening maintained a slow, steady pace
resulting in harvest being set back by nearly a month. In the end, the wines of
this difficult vintage are a testament to the hardiness of the vines: textural,
tight, racy and aromatic. Our vigilance was rewarded.
100% de-stemmed and fermented for 2 weeks, with a
steeping on skins for a further week. Gently pressed into older French oak and
elevated for 22 months before bottling.
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