Our Reserve or Aurelia range of wines are not only the best we can produce in any vintage, Aurelia wines must be outstanding examples of their genre.
The search for excellence begins in the vineyard with very tight control of fruit yields -only 4-5 tonnes per hectare for Aurelia Pinot Noir.
Only the best clones from our oldest vines are selected. Rigorous bunch thinning, careful fruit exposure through leaf removal and shout positioning, and hand harvesting smaller parcels of fruit at perfect ripeness ensures the best start possible for these wines.
In the winery the goal is preserving and enhancing all the delightful flavours concentrated in these grapes during our long and gentle ripening period. The winemaker will selectively use whole bunch pressing, and for Aurelia white wines only the free run juice is captured. Wild and cultured yeast fermentation with secondary malo-lactic fermentation are selectively applied to smaller portions of the fruit.
Oak treatment begins by sourcing the best quality barrels to match each fruit parcel, with creative use of varying barrel size, barrel age and duration of exposure. Careful blending of these smaller parcels of wine results in immensely satisfying wines remarkable for intense and pure ripe fruit flavours of great depth and complexity complemented by satisfying textural elements and unusual longevity.
The very low yields and additional labour can more than double the cost of the grapes used for our Aurelia wines, and the use of only free run juice, first rate oak and small batch processing in the winery greatly increase our production costs.
Aurelia sparkling wines spend a minimum of 5 years maturing on lees, barrel times are often longer for Aurelia wines and these wines are most often allowed to develop in the bottle for several years before commercial release.
Not surprisingly, earning the right to carry the Aurelia label demands a price premium for these outstanding wines. We are confident that great drinking satisfaction will amply reward the extra expenditure on Aurelia wines.
Our Estate range of wines are all sourced from the same vineyards with application of the same viticultural and winemaking techniques as Aurelia wines. Higher yields and shorter wine maturation times are the main reasons that we are able to market these excellent wines at lower prices