The vineyard consist of 33 year old vines planted at a density of 5500 vines per hectare, on clay limestone and gravel soils. The East to West facing vineyards produce yields of up to 49 hl/ha. Grapes are machine harvested in September. Vinification
Grapes are double manually sorted in both vineyard and winery, then subsequently destemmed but not crushed, going through a brief period of maceration on its skins before being pneumatically pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, and the wine goes through further maceration post fermentation. The wine is then matured in French 225L oak barrels for 15 months, of which 80% was new oak.
A wine full of charm: bright ruby colour and a nose rich with aromas of red fruit (raspberry, red currants, wild strawberry). On the palate, the wine is pleasant, fruity and refreshing, with light tannins and great elegance.
2019 The Butler Biodynamic Red, Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Deep purple with a slight red hue, this delicious wine leads with intense, complex aromas of spicy black fruit, cigar paper, and espresso. On the palate, ripe tannins frame a juicy mid-palate, enhancing elegant flavours of black fruit, anise, and subtle spices.
Californian Zinfandel is one of the world's most underrated big reds and this version is silky and luscious, perfumed with raspberry and boysenberry, with black pepper, toasted oak and pipe tobacco on the palate.
When crafting his Merlot, the winemaker gains inspriration by opening bottles of Pomerol from the top chateaux! This has all the wonderful, velvet softness that you expect of Merlot, with ever so much more personality. On the nose, the rounded, supple fruit gains complexity from a roasted pepper and herbal character. The texture is beautifully supple, and the tannin is really refined. A lovely wine with excellent balance.
2015 Raupo Creek Pinot Noir Organic, Seresin Estate
£ 37.37 GBP
2014 The Nest Merlot, Squawking Magpie
2014 was an exceptional growing season and the optimal health and maturity of the grapes is reflected in the Merlot based blend, The Nest. Fragrant, with aromas of red rose, violet, dark plums and spice. Mouth filling, lush and full bodied with sustained depth and velvety texture through the palate. Flavours of black doris plums and sweet, spicy leather abound. Well rounded and blanced by fine supporting tannins.