First Ridge Estate is passionate and dedicated to growing and producing the finest Italian varietals in the region. Wines to excite the senses, evoke conversation and rouse passion. Wines to be shared and enjoyed around a table of abundant food, friends and discussion, not unlike a vibrant Italian table.
Harvested at 14.0 beaume the fruit is crushed to a small fermenter, cold soaked for 48 hours and then inoculated. Moderate fermentation temperatures are maintained around 22-24 degrees with twice daily pump-overs and at least 2 drain and returns during the course of the ferment. Pressed when dry and settled in tank before being racked to barrel for Malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in a combination of 15% new French St Martin oak with the balance in older French oak for texture.
Spicy berry fruit aromas which lead to a palate of brooding, rich dark plum and spice with vanillin oak. Silky tannins and bright acidity giving this wine its structure, layers and length. This is a complex wine which can be drunk young or will continue to develop with careful cellaring.