A deep intense example of this unsual grape

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A classy touch of Kiwi to this Italian variety. Soft on the nose, the effect of the oak maturation is subtle, giving the wine balance, depth and structure with strong silky tannins and a spicy finish. This allows for it to be a fruit-driven wine with a palate of black morello cherries, red plums, hints of liquorice, tobacco, leather and vanilla.

GRAPE Lagrein CLOSURE Screwcap

DRY    |________*________|________|________|   SWEET

LIGHT    |________|________|_______*________|  FULL BODIED

NO OAK    |________|________|_______*________|  OAKY

Additional information

Stanley Estate

With degrees in horticulture from the University of Bath, Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals set off, in true intrepid explorer mode, to travel through Africa then back to the UK to work as fruit technologists. However the beauty of Marlborough’s spectacular Awatere Valley captured their hearts, and lead to the creation of Stanley Estate in 2003. Situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, under the cool gaze of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku (the footprint of the rainbow), the estate takes its name from the ‘Stanley Rover’ in which Steve and Bridget travelled through Africa.

Over ten years Stanley Estates has made a big name for themselves, winning numerous major awards both domestically and internationally. Their dedication to, and connection with the land in which they work is obvious, indeed they signed up early to the NZ Sustainable Winegrowing programme, as they saw this as being the basis and philosophy of their vineyard practices.

In 2020, Stanley Estates was purchased by the family-owned Lake Road Wines in Gisborne. Steve Pellett has become a ‘grower’ for Stanley, continuing to supply grapes to new owners, brothers Steven and Andrew Blampied. Winemaker Eveline Fraser remains at the helm, ensuring consistency in the wines that are frequently acknowledged within the industry and embraced by the wine-loving public worldwide.


Vintage conditions
The 2017 Season will be remembered for being a very challenging harvest, with dull conditions and poor temperatures leading up to the harvest which started the 1st week of April. Fruit cropping levels were good, with the flavours developing steadily during the ripening period. The fruit was picked in parcels as the blocks reached their maturity.

Vinification details
After de-stemming, the fruit was fermented with its natural yeast in a stainless fermenter to dryness and inoculated near the end to ensure complete dryness. The wine was then racked off and the grapes pressed off to french oak barriques, 20% new oak was used. 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. The wine developed over the next 10 months with occasional batonnage, giving a real depth of flavour, texture and palate weight to the wine.


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