2.4 tonnes/acre from this close-planted vineyard on Brancott Valley Road; silt-bound gravels.
A carefully sorted (for grey rot, underripe bunches) but inclusive (of noble rot, and ripe berries, both turgid and shrivelling) pick, in a season that willed 25% botrytis. Whole bunch pressed, no settling, no fining agents. Indigenous fermentation of 17 months. Bottled December 2009, on the summer equinox. Alcohol 13.7%, pH 3.41, TA 5.8 g/l, RS 15g/l.
Production 190 cases.
Brilliant yellow gold.
Powerful bouquet of yellow fruits - mirabelle, muskmelon, Golden Queen peach - and herb and weed flowers: chamomile, wild fennel, goldenrod. Also an unusual, but intriguing musky/dusty note, no doubt from the noble rot.
Wonderfully rich and broad, mouthcoating and expansive, but with no troubling loss of detail or energy. Slippery and insistent at the same time. Long, complex, ripe yellow finish, with an attractive almond-kernel grip balancing the fruit sweetness.
Those pics are from my visit to pyramid valley on Jul 2011