Konpira Maru, I Dream the Tangerine 2021
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Last year was tough for the boys with Queensland experiencing a crazy frost and killing off many producers fruit. The KM team managed to source some fantastic fruit from mates at Clovely Estate in the South Burnett to keep the Tangerine Dream alive. Grapes looked prime on the vine so they decided to pick a little earlier than most to retain the bright acidity it was showing to keep somewhat inline with what they would usually produce from the vineyard on the Granite Belt.
I Dream the Tangerine is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Verdelho. The Sangiovese is pressed long and slow immediately after arrival and then chilled down in tank. Settled, racked, and then left to warm and naturally ferment. After initial ferment they loved this wine's freshness but thought it could do with some added texture so added 10% of their La Douche Tropicale Verdelho. This skinsy addition proved the missing ingredient immediately providing mid-palate weight and texture. The newly blended wine was settled and racked and then left to undergo MLF. Lots of lees work through the first 2 months and once MLF was completed a small sulphur addition was made. Final settle and rack. Bottled unfined, unfiltered
Taste-wise this is quite different from previous releases with a little less watermelon primary fruit and a little more crab-apple subtlety. Very clean and fresh aromatically with alpine herbs and really pure red fruit. The power really comes through on the palate with great fruit concentration, chalky tannin, and superb acid providing real depth and drive.