Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard table wine bearing the Old Garden name.
The Vineyard has been hand-tended and dry-farmed by Friedrich Koch and his direct descendants across three centuries.
Vinification: 20% whole bunch; cold soak one week; on skins three weeks after cold soak/remontage Aging: 18 months new French oak barriques (Remond: Alliers, Troancais and Betranges forests).
Planting system: Old low trellis system Vine density: 2,500 per Ha Farming: Dry-land, unirrigated, rye grass between rows, hand pruned
Medium red with a crimson hue. Lifted forest berry, black cherry and orange peel. Palate shows dense, lush blackberries & prune with hints of cigar box, violets and black pepper. Fine, seamlessly integrated tannins.
Lurid ruby-red. Heady aromas of dark berry liqueur, incense and potpourri. Sweet black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show impressive depth and energy, with a sexy floral pastille nuance emerging with air. Spice and mineral notes build on a long, juicy finish shaped by youthfully firm tannins. Extremely young and in need of patience.
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