BLEND: 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier
HARVEST DATE: 25/05/12 – 03/06/12
BRIX @ HARVEST: 22.7-24.8
BARREL: 20% New French Oak, 80% Older
REGION: Waiheke Island
VINEYARDS: North 3, Lunatic, Madman’s
2012 was a cool but excellent vintage resulting in wines of purity and intensity. In response to the vintage conditions, Bellerophon was conceptualised. Bellerophon is our first co-ferment offering in the classic mould of Cote-Rotie containing the Viognier grape. To further develop the style, a number of ferments had the inclusion of stems as whole bunch clusters in the fermentation, this was either as 10% additions of the Viognier or anywhere between 10 to 100% whole cluster Syrah. Fermented with ‘wild’ yeasts and left in vat for an extended period prior to pressing, the various components underwent a natural malolactic in the Spring before blending and bottling just prior to the vintage of 2013.
Cote-Rotie is traditionally stereotyped as the most feminine of the appellations within the Northern Rhone. Containing 20% whole clusters and 4% Viognier, the overall Bellerophon blend is classically structured with the distinctive stem tannin giving a lifted freshness to the finish. Aromas of violets, raspberries and white pepper frame a wine that is incredibly approachable in its youth. Smoked meat and liquorice aromas will develop with time in the cellar.
Christened in honour of the heroic demi-god astride an immortal winged horse; Bellerophon designates both the first ship of a new class of Dreadnoughts, and the first blend of Syrah and Viognier from our volcanic hillside vineyards.