Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Variety: Cinsault, Grenache, Mataro, Bonverdo
Northern Lights is new cuvée from the heritage Vine Vale Vineyard of Wayne Ahrens and Suzi Hilder of Small Fry Wines. There are several very old parcels from a time when the Barossa was mainly producing fortified wines. Some of the vines are from the original plantings in the Barossa and are over 100 years old.
Parcels of Grenache, Cinsault and Mataro were co-fermented with Bonvedro juice over the top. The Grenache and Cinsault component of the ferment included 20% whole bunches. Gentle, cool maceration of the grapes took place over three weeks and the wine was aged on fine lees for 11 months in fibreglass tank.
It's light on its feet with fine tannins and acidity yet there is a sappiness of ripe Mataro and Grenache that brings depth and complexity. Ultimately red fruits and a very easy drinking and unexpected wine.