Following significant spring rain periods, the early growing season for vintage 2010 started extremely well with good vigour, strong canopies and very good vine health. Rain episodes occurred at very useful stages and weather through flowering was fine and warm ensuring good berry set.
Picking started in February, the earliest start for still wines (late Feb) in the last ten years. The Mornington Peninsula was fortunate not to experience the extremes in weather, experienced in Melbourne and other regions. The protection offered by the maritime influence on the unique location of the region is significant. 2010 was an exceptional vintage for the region with very high quality fruit, excellent natural acidity and flavours.
Region: Tuerong, Mornington Peninsula – Single Vineyard
Variety: 52% Chardonnay (I10V5 clone), 48% Pinot Noir (G5V15)
Block: Hand picked from Block 4
Soil: Sandy Clay Loam with iron shot stone and light medium clay
Harvested: 16 February 2010
Winemaking: Traditional Method. Whole bunch pressed, only the cuvée used (512.5L/t). Primary fermentation in stainless steel before bottling and secondary fermentation in bottle – this small parcel of the first ‘Cuvée Nina’ ever to be made was left on lees for an extended 10 years.
Assemblage: 42% 2010 Chardonnay, 48% 2010 Pinot noir, 10% reserve wine (2009 Chardonnay)
Tirage: 16 July 2010
Disgorged: 18 November 2020
Dosage: 0.0 g/L (zero dosage)
A fine, dry aperitif style, the extended time on lees imparts incredible complexity and texture while also capturing remarkable freshness, purity and finesse. The wine is pure and elegant with wonderful biscuity brioche and almond characters - with a poised lingering finish.