Biodynamic Festive Selection
"Add an extra sparkle to your Christmas celebrations!"- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
Complete your Christmas table with biodynamic bubbles and rosé from NGERINGA. Bundled up for Solstice Club Members as a generous six-pack, the Biodynamic Festive Selection includes two bottles each of our sparkling NGERINGA Éclat NV, our moreish Uncultured Pétillant Naturel 2017 and the much loved NGERINGA Rosé 2016. Offer available until 31 December; order by 10 December to be assured of delivery by Christmas.
NGERINGA Éclat NV is a blend of our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both of which are planted on our steep, easterly facing Summit Vineyard. In the distance, this vineyard overlooks Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the River Murray, lending strong, cooling breezes on summer evenings and preserving our fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening.
Uncultured Pétillant Naturel is made from five varietals grown across both Ngeringa properties: Viognier from the sparkling micaceous soils of our Nairne Iluma Vinyeard; Pink Semillon and Chardonnay from the easterly-facing slopes of the Summit Vineyard; and Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer from the small original home vineyard, Ollie’s block.
NGERINGA Rosé is made with Syrah from our three vineyards: Summit, Rufus and Iluma. The Summit vineyard is planted on an easterly facing slope at 380m above sea level on a soil of sandy loam over clay and with Lake Alexandrina as its backdrop. The Rufus vineyard, by contrast, is westerly facing on the opposing side of the hill with a rocky, red ironstone soil over clay. The Iluma vineyard, also on a westerly facing slope, is of a sparkling micaceous schist over clay. All of our Syrah vineyards are planted at a density of 6700 vines/ha.
NGERINGA Éclat NV: A non-vintage sparkling made using the ‘méthode traditionelle’ with a 50/50 blend of the 2012 and 2013 vintages. The base wine blend is made up of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir and was fermented using endemic yeast and aged on lees for one and two years respectively in 6 to 10 year-old French barrels. After final blending and tirage each bottle spent a further year on secondary fermentation yeast and was disgorged mid-January 2015. Zero dosage to maintain a dry, crisp fresh palette.
Uncultured Pétillant Natural 2017: A blend of almost every variety we grow (field blend ☺) – Pink Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sangiovese – picked mostly in separate batches and blended prior to bottling (not a field blend!); short skin contact for the Pink Semillon; pressed to neutral French barrels. Wild fermentation, no enzymes, gentle extraction, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled.
NGERINGA Rosé 2016: 10% Pink Semillon fermented on skins. 80% Syrah saignée. Fermented in 100% old, seasoned French barrels. Aged for nine months in barrel on full lees. Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
2016 was a dry, hot vintage from the outset with only periodic respite. Promising rains in July and August of 2015 gave way quickly to an extremely dry spring and above-average temperatures, with essentially none of the seasonal rains we rely upon from October through much of January. On the bright side, despite conditions at flowering, we had a better-than-ever fruit set that was consistent across all varieties. And then, just as vintage was becoming visible on the horizon, the miracle came: a perfectly-timed, drenching rainstorm hit South Australia on January 21 & 22, refreshing the vines in a way irrigation just cannot match. A second significant rain event in the first few days of February ensured that the vintage was saved. The harvest was very early, beginning in the middle of February, but not nearly as early as it would have been and the fruit was thoroughly revived. The result was higher-than-average yields, good acidity, moderate concentration and balanced, approachable wines. Winegrowing is rarely for the feint of heart!
The abiding climatic feature of note at the start of the 2016/17 season was rain: the Adelaide Hills recorded its largest annual rainfall in a quarter of a century – meaning the largest our vineyards have ever seen. Notably, a third of that rain fell in July and September, saturating soils as the vines for the start of the growing season*. The result of this moisture, along with usually low temperatures, was late budburst and flowering. High levels of soil moisture and continuing rains through spring meant that our vines needed no further irrigation. Dense leaf canopies increased disease pressure for many in our region, but our biodynamically-managed vineyards remained healthy, vibrant and largely pest free, carrying a good crop to harvest. We began picking with our happy band of visiting vineyard hands about three weeks later than usual, but that long, slower-than-usual development created fine ripe tannins, good concentration and loads of flavour across all of our varieties. In sum, 2017 was a dream vintage in many respects: terrific quantity, excellent quality and an extended harvest.