The family went out to the winery today to taste our 2010 vintage, from the tank (white) and the barrel (red). Our 'Melina' white wine has had a different wine making approach this year, the most significant change being that we put it through malolactic fermentation. It has quite a different aroma than previous years, much fruitier, with very yummy tropical fruit notes. I have to write the wine label and tasting notes soon - I'll have to come up with something a bit more verbose and flowery. Although tempted to include the word yummy (just kidding Mike!) The white has to be fined (clarified), and then it will be bottled sometime in the next month or so, just in time for summer drinking.
Our red wine 'Anchorage' is just lovely. I am really enjoying this style of syrah that we are producing on Waiheke. It was also interesting to taste the same wine out of three different aged barrels, to see how the different amounts of oak influences it. Eventually it will all be blended together.
Here's the girl checking out the wine that is named after her. She thinks it smells like grapes. We're working on her palate.