The Hermit Ram - Amphora 'Salty White' 2020
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With "Salty White", winemaker Theo Coles wanted to create an ode to the New Zealand coastline, an experimental, visionary wine blending 40% of the old (Muller-Thurgau) and 60% of the new (Sauvignon Blanc) of New Zealand.
The grapes are sourced from several organic vineyards, then whole-bunch fermented with natural yeasts, pressed and returned to amphora for eight months to finish fermentation.
Theo considers this one of his most visionary wines, and is a delightful twist on his skin-contact Sauvignon Blanc. For the 2020 vintage, all of the Muller he grew went into Salty White, as there wasn't enough for his Pet Nat.
Blend: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Muller-Thurgau
Winemaking: Six week maceration on skins
Certification: Certified organic farming (BioGro)
Drinking Window: 2021-2026
In 2012 Theo Coles discovered the Limestone Hills vineyard in Canterbury in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. Owned by Gareth Renowdon, Theo agreed to make some wine with him from his 1000 or so Pinot Noir vines.
Since then Theo has expanded the range to include the skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Müller-Thurgau, a field blend rosé and another Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region, all naturally farmed without chemicals and Theo is keen to stress that every wine has its own story to tell.