The growing season produced a very severe frost which caused low crop levels. The vintage was warm and dry and therefore combined with the low crop levels the fruit achieved ripeness easily. The wines of this year show plenty of varietal characters.
Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon
The 1999 Sauvignon Blanc has an approachable melon and citrus nose with a hint of gooseberries and herbaceous aromas. The light straw colour reflects the nature of the style. A restrained wine with lots of character and a lovely complex palate with a balanced and lingering finish. The acid and fruit balance gives the wine its persistence making it a great food wine.
The 1999 Chardonnays’ aroma suggests complexity of lime soaked oak and melon fruit. This carries through onto the palate where the wood and fruit combine with all components of the malolactic fermentation and natural yeast resulting in a lingering even balanced finish.
This nose of this Gamay exhibits exuberant amounts of mixed spice combined with cherries. The palate shows well balanced fruit, soft tannins and lingering acid finish. The wine finishes with a classic peppery feel, which make it a great accessory for a broad range of food. This wine will develop deeper savoury characters with bottle age.
Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc/ Merlot
The bouquet of this wine shows incredible spicy fruit with blackcurrant and blueberry aromas. The palate is full and rounded with rich tannins and well integrated oak. This wine exhibits unbelievable complexity with a long and lingering mouth feel.
Havelock Hills Shiraz
The nose of this wine is quite refined exhibiting a complex pepper and berry fruit nose. The palate is silky, long and lingering, exhibiting complex cherry, plum, pepper and spice flavours. The tannins are soft and the wood is well integrated. All of this will ensure this wine will develop well into the future.