The Catkin Story
The Catkin story revolves around the Hazel Tree. The Celts believed the trees that grew around them all held special powers. The Hazel Tree is arguably the quintessential Celtic Tree due to it’s legendary position at the heart or entrance of the Otherworld. This wine is named after the flower of the Hazel. Catkins are the cascading bunches of Hazel flowers seen in late winter signifying the origin of harvest with exploding colour and life.
The particular parcel of wine that has come to life as the Limited Edition Catkin, was a single small batch parcel that our wine making team thought too pretty to use as a blending option. On its own it highlighted McLaren Vale in a way we wanted expressed and showcased what was a fantastic 2017 vintage. A wonderful wine, with svelte structure and layers of complexity, it speaks from whence it came and showcases the exceptional quality to be expected from all Catkin vintages, past and present!
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Deep violet in colour, the nose is bursting with intensity and a lifted perfume. Red summer berries intertwine with dark cherry and plum, finished with integrated spicy French oak.
Full bodied and complex showing aromas of black cherry, cassis and spicy French oak with velvety tannins.
The palate is generous yet still has an elegant quality; presence without excessive weight. The structure is svelte with silky mouth coating tannins that will mature and reward the patient connoisseur.
Catkin is blended from four parcels of wine, each from a unique micro-climatic region of McLaren Vale. The first from Whites Valley producing wines with textural tannins and great flavour depth. The second from McLaren Flat is off the vineyard surrounding the winery, producing elegant lifted wines with fine tannins. The third from Blewitt Springs produces wines with elegant red fruits and hints of menthol. And the last vineyard from Aldinga produces full bodied wines with dark fruits. The resultant blend, is one of exquisite balance, far surpassing the sum of its parts.
De-stemmed into open fermenters as whole berries with 3 day cold soak. Plunged 3 x day for 10 days on skins then pressed to finish fermentation and undergo malo-lactic fermentation in barrel (new & used FO).
Batches kept separate until blending after 14 months maturation
Region: McLaren Vale
Harvest Dates: 9th February – 17 February 2017
Bottling Date: 22nd March 2018
Release Date: 9th April 2018
Cellaring: Drink 2018-2028