2020 Mangan East Block
Made from 100% Mangan Vineyard fruit. A blend of 82% Malbec and 18% Petit Verdot, there were very low yields of Petit Verdot in 2020. Harvested on full Moon supermoon fruit perigee and new Moon flower days. Skin contact time was 18 days and then pressed to 50% new oak where it was left to mature for 8 months.
2020 vintage was defined by dry conditions from the onset of budburst through to harvest in 2020.
A lower than average rainfall in 2019, and hot dry weather conditions in January, February and March made for almost drought conditions for harvest 2020.
Bunch numbers were about average, but low berry weights due to the dry conditions produced very low yields and wines which were balanced and pretty in nature. The harvest was unaffected by Covid 19 lockdowns as we had finished harvest and most of the fermentations had also finished, we just had the pressing of the red wines. Chardonnay yields were still affected by the previous year’s frost.
Wines of excellent balance and fruit purity, a vintage similar to 2003 in style.
Best varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Vineyard: 100% Mangan vineyard
Varieties: 82% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: 24th February – new Moon flower day, 9th March – full Moon, supermoon, fruit day perigee
Oak: 8 months in 50% new oak