Noblesse Grand Duc
Vine age: 16 years
Density: 2,800 vines per hectare
Normal Vineyard Yield: 8-9 tons per hectare
Soils are well-drained comprised of lightly-structured Clovelly and Avalon. Vines are planted 1.4 meters apart to avoid density as Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc can be vigorous in growth. Intensive leaf and shoot management in October allows for even ripeness and provides shade to achieve maximum fruit concentration.
2013 and 2014 were both extremely good vintages for noble rot with cool misty morning conditions during March, April and May.
An intensive 4-stage harvest selection in which only noble rot berries were selected containing sugar of between 34 and 36 degrees balling. Prior to pressing, the berries went through another selection process to ensure that only 100% noble rot berries were pressed. Pressing occurred over a three-day period with a minimal 92 litres per ton of Semillon recovered. Juice was settled and racked to small 225 litre selected French oak barrels. No yeast inoculation occurred and the juice fermented naturally down to 128 grams residual sugar per litre. The wine has spent 3 years in barrel before stabilisation and bottling.
Total Acidity: 7.8 g/l
Residual Sugar: 128.5 g/l
Our maiden vintage and worthy to be included in our flagship Grand Duc range! This has developed into a well-integrated sweet wine with enticing nutty and honey flavours. The richness and texture of the Semillon grapes are perfectly complimented by the freshness and acidity provided by the Sauvignon Blanc. We are proud to release this wine with delicate similarities to the revered French Sauternes which was one of our main objectives. Enjoy now or age for 10 to 15 years to develop further complexity.
1,400 375ml bottles