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Variety: 52% Pinot Noir / 48% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Seifried Challies (Pinot Noir) and Rabbit Island (Chardonnay) Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 19.3°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early March 2016
Disgorgement Date: January 2021
T.A of Wine: 5.0g/L
Residual Sugar: <1g/L (Brut)
Alc.: 12.5% vol.
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Aotea Méthode Traditionnelle is a very special wine.
Two parcels of fruit were hand picked at ideal ripeness for this classical Méthode Traditionnelle Cuvée. The Pinot Noir is from our Challies Vineyard while the Chardonnay comes from our Rabbit Island Vineyard. The blend is 52/48 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The grapes were hand harvested during the cool early hours of the day and brought to the winery quickly for processing. The free-run juice from the press was cold settled overnight before being racked, warmed and inoculated. A smooth ferment progressed to dryness, followed by malolactic fermentation. The young wine was then prepared for bottle fermentation and aged on lees for an extended period. In January 2021 the wine was finished and it was released in May 2021.
Challies and Rabbit Island vineyards are adjacent to each other on Redwood Road. Soils are similar and predominantly silty sandy in nature with gravelly sub surface soils. The Challies block has bands of dry loam soil running through the northern part of the block. Roots go down deep through the gravelly soil to reach the water table below.
The Aotea Méthode Traditionnelle is gorgeous in the glass with pale golden tinge and a fine mousse. The nose is toasty and nutty, with a hint of grapefruit. Palate entry is generous with layers of brioche, cinnamon, and cirtrus flavours