2018 ARFION FEVER $30

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2018 ARFION FEVER $30

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Wine is the sum of a vast number of natural and cultural elements. Some we can control, some we can't.

These elements don’t work in isolation, they collide and interact to make wine unique and terroir driven. Because these elements continuously change, the wine we make in one vintage will never look the same as the last.

Fever is our own particular expression of Yarra terroir and the interactions of 2018.

Sitting under the umbrella of orange or skin contact wine, it is a blend of 5 different varieties that are each perfect reflections of their site.

Volume - 208 Cases

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Vintage

2018 had a shaky start with an early budburst and a warm and humid Spring. Healthy crop levels resulted but the disease pressure was huge, with unprecedented levels of downy mildew floating around. Good canopy management and timely procedures were essential to grow clean fruit and a healthy leaf area to ripen it.

The spring warmth meant it was always going to be an early vintage, and with a few searing weeks in January it felt like it was going to be a hot and fast one like 2008.

But what followed was the most stable and mild 6 week period of weather we’ve ever seen in the Yarra. Warm days (30 deg C) with very cool nights (10 deg C) prevailed and pretty much turned the vintage around.

Flavours and ripeness progressed slowly and evenly to create a vintage that will be on par with 2017.

Winemaking

Pinot gris, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Savagnin and a splash of Pinot noir from 4 vineyards that stretch across the Yarra. Picking date for each variety was dictated by the site.

Blended and co-fermented over a long 40 day ferment. Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer skins included. 100% wild ferment and malo. Old barrique and puncheon aged without sulphur for 10 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphites added.  

A colourful mix of pink and orange, Fever has a vibrant nose of rose petal, lychee and glazed cherry. It has a bright palate with a juicy texture and a hint of white tannin grip.