The Hermit Ram - Skin Fermented Field Blend 2019
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One of Theo's most fun wines is this field blend of 50% Riesling, 30% Pinot Noir, 17% Gewurztraminer, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the oldest vineyards in North Canterbury, grown on clay and limestone soil. The fruit was picked on the proportions it grows in the vineyard.
Despite such a high proportion of white fruit, it comes across more as a supremely light red, with a delicate aromatic touch from the Gewurtz. It's such a delicious wine when slightly chilled, and is almost irresistible when sharing with friends.
Blend: 50% Riesling, 30% Pinot Noir, 17% Gewurztraminer, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Certification: Certified organic farming (BioGro)
Drinking Window: 2020-2026
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.