Grapes: Sauvignon blanc + Riesling + Chardonnay + Pinot gris + Gewurztraminer + Pinot noir + Syrah.
Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Soils: Alluvial + Clay + Gravel
Vinification: Co-fermented in two lots, assembled prior to completion of primary ferment.
Aging: 6 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: Kindeli wines, which is run by Alex Craighhead, is found in the Upper Moutere of Nelson. Here he works works organically to raise varieties such as Pinot Gris, Riesling, Syrah and Pinot amongst others. His vines are a healthy ecosystem. Sheep are encouraged to walk the vineyards to chew away any unwanted weeds and also helps thin out the leaves. This helps increase the soil health (think about it) and also reduce yields Around and between the vines he works with cover crops of clover and local trees. This further helps the soil health and biodiversity of insects and birds for his site. With such a keen eye on their own fruit they also buy in some organic grapes from local growers with similar thinking for viticulture. In the winery he only uses natural ferment and often begins his ferments with a creating a small ‘starter’ ferment to the side to kick off. With a historic preference for 'wild' wines, this has been backed off in recent years to pursue more transparency & purity in the wines.
It's a Rose but as far from pale Provence as you can get, geographically and stylistically. Wildly floral, with rosehip and redcurrant flavours it has a palate that veers towards savoury rather than sweet.
Verano (meaning summer) is a sunny reflection of all seven varieties planted across Alex Craighead's organic vineyards in Upper Moutere in Nelson (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Syrah). The white grapes outnumber the red, though the blend changes year to year.
As with all the Kindeli wines, this is unfined, unfiltered and unashamedly natural.