The complex nose shows fruit, spice and floral
notes. The palate is rich and textural, with a
structured elegance and vibrant acidity, providing a
clean finish. A multidimensional wine, Chiaroscuro
brings together elements of fruit, concentration,
acidity, texture and minerality.
Drink dates: Now until 2022
2012 was a cool year. However, it started in ordinary fashion with a fine spring and
even flowering and fruit-set. There was some rain at Christmas, though not enough
to cause trouble, but temperatures never really lifted and the sun rarely showed
her face. Consequently, the ripening was slow and harvest late with low yields.
The fruit comes mostly from our clay-rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard, which has
a gentle north-west facing aspect, settled in the centre of the Omaka. The different
fruit portions for the Chiaroscuro were hand-picked from the best parcels of our
vineyard within days of each other in April.
Certified-organic grapes were hand-picked, sorted and pressed to small holding
tanks. Once each variety was harvested, a juice blend was created from different
portions of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris. The juice blend was naturally
fermented in 500 litre old french oak puncheons. The wine went through natural
malolactic fermentation, and was aged over 13 months in barrel.