2014 Hazel's Zinfandel

An intense nose of ripe blackberry, cola and watermelon combine with underlying sweet spice and nuances of red strap liquorice.

 

Tasting Note

A fruit box of lifted aromas competes for your attention at first. Black cherry, quince paste and dark chocolate combine for a seductive bouquet. Delving deeper, sweet watermelon and liquorice are revealed. This flirty fruit-driven number is framed by super-fine tannin and Japanese plum acidity and is gauranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Winemaking

  • Whole berry ferment
  • Stainless steel fermenter
  • Hand plunged/pump over
  • Basket pressed
  • 14 months in fine French oak
  • No added acid, tannin, nutrient
  • Unfined with minimal intervention

Season

We have experienced another stellar season. The wettest winter for some time was followed by a dry and warm spring, punctuated by a wild spring storm that reduced yields of all white varieties as it coincided with flowering. A warm and dry summer with plentiful sunshine and no significant heatwaves set us on the path to two distinct harvest periods for white and red varieties. The reason that this year stood out was the absence of any heatwave during the white harvest coupled with cool evenings. The benefit of the cool evenings is evident in the retention of natural acidity in both red and white varieties. All wines have wonderfully ripe tannins and a fine, long and elegant structure (thanks in part to higher acidity), which should see these wines destined for a long cellar life. 

Technical

Al - 14.5%

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