2019 Mangan Vineyard Red Moon
Red Moon 2019 has been 100% hand harvested from Mangan Vineyard, planted in 1995-1997. This wine is a blend of 48% Malbec, 40% Petit Verdot, and 12% merlot.
The Malbec was all harvested on fruit days, the Petit Verdot on a Moon opposite Saturn flower day, and the Merlot on a flower day. Time on skins was between 12-29 days with an average of 24 days.
Fermented in stainless steel, then pressed on fruit and flower days to older oak for a period of 5 months. Bottled in November 2019.
The defining weather event in the 2019 vintage was the frost in October, which caused a 60% yield reduction in our chardonnay, this was due to timing and the chardonnay being and early variety to go through budburst.
The weather conditions were relatively kind during the growing season although cooler, and harvest was short and sweet. This couldn’t have been better, as rains fell heavily shortly after harvest finished at Cullen’s. We are very excited about the quality of wines from the 2019 harvest, typical of a low yield year. Because of the cooler conditions there was no food for the birds and nets were being taken off as we were harvesting to prevent damage. If you didn’t have nets there was no harvest as the birds were starving. A low year for honey also as no blossom on the gum trees and cooler conditions.
Vineyard: 100% Mangan Vineyard.
Varieties: 48% Malbec, 40% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot
Harvest Dates: 28th March to 12th April on fruit and flower days
Oak: 5 months in older oak.