I have enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to start 2013 with some great afternoons in our newly opened Cellar Door. Tasting our wines with customers is one of the great joys of my career. I have particularly enjoyed sharing our Slapjack Block Pinot Noir with our recent visitors. It is always a big moment for the Winemaking team when a new Slapjack Block is released and the recent release of the 2010 was no exception. Following on the back of the successful 2009 vintage, the 2010 Pinot Noirs have a tremendous presence and this Slapjack is no exception. A powerful wine with exquisite structure that will make it age-worthy but also a vibrant cherry/plum fruit quality that makes it charming in its youth.
Speaking of great vintages, the 2012 Pinots are showing all the hallmarks of quite a special one. Wonderful purity and persistance with silky tannins and great balance. We are working on the 2012 Estate Pinot blend which will showcase the diversity of our Estate vineyards. Jody and team will soon be blending the barrels in our new winery - another exciting milestone for Terra Sancta.
The 2012 Riverblock Chardonnay - the first of its kind - is wonderfully complexing. The Terra vineyard is a great sight for the 3 tremendous Chardonnay clones we have planted. Each lends its own asset to a special Bannockburn chardonnay: earthiness, vibrance, citrus and tropical fruit notes framed by a sexy cool climate texture. A good thing to come for those who are waiting - I hope it will be a memorable release later this year.