Symposium 2018

The tasting notes

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Domain Road has two vineyards in the heart of the historic gold mining area of Bannockburn. Domain Road Vineyard covers most of a small valley on the upper terraces above the Kawarau River with Defiance Vineyard on a gently sloping north facing site on Felton Road.  The unique terroir with unusual soils and distinctive micro-climate make this old gold mining area ideal for producing premium cool climate wines. 

The Sauvignon Blanc vines used for our late harvest wine are planted on Templars Hill, part of the Domain Road Vineyard, an area untouched by the 19th Century gold miners. This site was chosen for its unique position on the top of a hill allowing the grapes to over ripen without disease pressure.

The Wine 

The grapes were hand harvested on 26th April from Domain Road Vineyard.  The fruit was foot crushed in bins and allowed to soak for a period before pressing.  The resulting pressed juice was cold settled before racking and inoculation with selected yeast.  Sixty six percent of the juice was fermented in tanks with the balance undergoing barrel fermentation in a French oak barrique. 

The colour of pale straw Symposium is complex and mouth filling. Fragrantly floral, aromas of white peach, sherbet, honey, crystallised ginger and cinnamon are noticeable on the nose.  These are complemented by flavours of feijoas, guavas, apricots, ginger nuts and zesty lime on the palate.  Symposium delivers a rich, lush texture balanced with a long and spicy finish. 

Food match: soft cheese selections, blue cheese and gingerbread, or pour over ice as an aperitif!

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Variety  100% Sauvignon Blanc 
Appellation  Central Otago 
Sub Region Bannockburn
Vineyard Domain Road
Harvest Date 26th April 2018
Alcohol 11%
Residual sugar 121g/L
pH 3.41
TA 6.24g/L

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