We had good winter rains then warm summer conditions which brought about an early harvest. We had a few hot-cool-hot-cool periods which made it a little trickier to decide when to pick, but Joch reckons he got it right in the end.
Our aim is to make a young, fresh early drinking red wine, full of life and flavour. Our template for Puritan is the ‘vino Joven’ style Spanish wines (made usually with Tempranillo) which are unoaked and drunk in their infancy. Standard winemaking operating procedures were followed when making this wine at the start; we pick and ferment the grapes, then allow the wine to go through its secondary (malolactic) fermentation. Then we divert from normal SOP’s, as we bottle the Puritan immediately, without the addition of any sulphur dioxide (preservative), or putting the wine into oak barrels.
‘Puritan’ is a vibrant purple/ black colour. When you stick your nose in the glass, you get a blast of blue fruits (damsons and blueberries) and the raw essence of Shiraz. This wine is all about the fruit. The tannin structure is evident but certainly not dominant. If it’s a hot day, put it in the fridge. Drink Puritan young and fresh – and if you can’t find a wine glass, don’t be alarmed, it tastes just as good out of a regular glass. Cheers!
|Vineyards||Denton's, Edgehill and Chanticleer|
|Picking Date||21st, 25th, 28th February and 1st, 8th and 9th March 2013|
|Bottling Date||23rd May 2013|
- Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com 12th February 2014
- The Wine Front November 2013
- Wine Will eat Itself by Jeremy Pringle 2nd November 2013
- James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015