NGARTO Field Blend 2020
NGARTO is a collaboration between two friends, Erinn Klein (Ngeringa) and Brendan Cato (Carto Wines). Serve slightly chilled. Vibrant aromatic wine that carries berries and light cherry flavours. 2 barrels made.
Site: Summit and Rufus Vineyard, 380m Mt Barker Summit
Soil: Sandy loam, over-red orange clay and sandstone
A light maceration of Pinot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Syrah and Viognier. On skins for 4 days and in old oak. Serve slightly chilled. Vibrant aromatic wine that carries berries and light cherry flavours. 2 barrels made.
Overall 2020 produced some outstanding fruit, although not without challenges. An extremely dry winter and spring, coupled with poor flowering conditions, gave low vigour vines with an extremely low crop. Fortunately, moderate rain events in mid and late January refreshed the vines and set them up for veraison. The period leading into harvest was textbook cool, Adelaide Hills conditions. The low yields gave rise to concentrated flavours and high natural acidity.
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