NGARTO Syrah Viognier 2020
NGARTO is a collaboration between two friends, Erinn Klein (Ngeringa) and Brendan Cato (Carto Wines). A serious wine with depth and length. Luscious viscosity, lively fruit with viognier aromatics. Amazing complexity and salinity.
Planted on a westerly facing slope on the immediate foothills of the Mt Barker Summit at 420m altitude, the soil of the Iluma vineyard sparkles with micaceous schist amidst a shallow sandy loam over clay. A challenging viticultural site with the potential for very distinctive wines.
Co fermented Syrah and Viognier from our top single vineyard, the Illuma vineyard. In a mix of old and 2 year old oak.
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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