Nikau - 2018 ‘Tolone’ White

2018 ‘Tolone’ White

Riesling, Chardonnay
Gippsland, VIC 

"The 'tolone’ block is the other small vineyard on our farm and is planted mainly to Riesling. It has some Chardonnay interplanted within it and these plants are only evident later in the season when the slightly different shape of the leaves is recognisable to the trained eye. As with the other vineyard on the property, it is farmed organically and has been since it was planted. This is clearly evident in the abundance of life both in and above the ground. The soils here are mostly comprised of a sedimentary sandstone base with a high silica content and with a friable loam layer over the top. The block is facing predominately west and it is the highest hill in the area. This makes it extremely exposed to southerly weather systems coming in from the Bass Strait.  

The aim here is to let the fruit be what it wants to be. There were 48 hours of skin contact with a very light maceration. I believe the skins of any fruit hold some of the information and story of the place, the soils, and the weather that it is exposed to. As for the winemaking, after the cold soak as whole bunches it was pressed directly to a small stainless tank for a long cool ferment. There it sat for 8 months on full solids without being disturbed at all. It was then bottled by hand directly from that tank (without racking or moving the tank). It has spent a further 18 months in bottle since, composing itself. 

The wine seems very refined. It is a dainty 9% alcohol but you wouldn’t know it – it has incredible structure and presence. It is an elegant and haunting thing of beauty (I don’t say such things about my own wines lightly). It has so much vitality and freshness. There is nothing added to the wine at any stage of the processl it's as pure as it gets. 490 bottles produced" – Dane Johns