They say that good wine is made in the vineyard. That’s true, to some extent. But we really believe that the real winemaking process comes from people and ideas. This belief extends to, and is writ large in our limited release wines. Our 2018 Ella Maria is only the third release of our very special and highly sought-after wine. Named after Andrew (Misty Cove Founder) and his wife Marieke’s first Daughter, Ella Maria. Only 1500 bottles were produced of this fine vintage.
Hand selected from our blocks, these ripe little beauties are hand harvested, whole bunch pressed, and wild fermented in French Barriques (25% new oak). After 9 months in barrel the wine is lightly fined and filtered with further bottle ageing before release.
The wine displays complex aromas including Brazil nuts, ripe feijoa, peach and tropical fruits. An elegantly rich palate enhanced by its fullness and balanced subtle acidity.
And now the reviews from Wine Orbit are in: Score: 95 / 100 that's 5 Stars baby!
Here's the low down from Sam Kim:
"It is impressively complex and engaging on the nose showing ripe stone fruit, mango, grapefruit,
hazelnut and vanilla characters. The palate offers excellent concentration and expansive mouthfeel,
wonderfully complemented by creamy texture and stylish oak undertones, together with bright
acidity. A magnificent alternative-style."
At its best: now to 2023.
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