he 2015 season started with slightly cooler weather over the important flowering and fruit-set periods during November and December, resulting in smaller bunches with fewer berries. An exceptionally dry summer (with half the usual rainfall) ensured the berry sizes remained small and did not therefore compensate for the lower bunch weights. Maintaining healthy canopies was a priority. The grapes for this wine were harvested on the 29th of March, 2014. The expressive, intense characteristics of the Awatere Valley have been captured in the fruit at harvest and with the use of selected yeast strains, have been carefully translated into the finished wine. Careful handling and small-batch fermentation has created layers of succulent flavours including black plum, blackcurrant, liquorice and spice. These are complemented by the blueberry and boysenberry characters that are typical of Pinot Noir fruit from this special site. The palate is rich with a silky texture and excellent weight.