Unison Vineyard is a small Family Estate in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawkes Bay. Established in 1993, with densely planted vines
that are carefully managed for low yield, ripeness and intense flavour. Our red wines are made from 100% Gimblett Gravels fruit grown in our own vineyard.
Our philosophy of attention to detail includes handpicking, gentle basket pressing and top quality oak barrels to ensure the wines developed from our unique terrior and capture the intensity the vineyard has to offer. In keeping with this philosophy of attention to detail, we installed our own bottling line in 2012. Jenny Dobson's winemaking expertise from Bordeaux, Australia and New Zealand, ensures our wines are naturally in balance and can be enjoyed when young or after many years of careful cellaring.
The growing season kicked off relatively early in September 2009. The weather in spring was variable with particularly cold periods in October. The unsettled weather continued through early summer and it was not until February that Hawke’s Bay finally enjoyed consistently warm dry conditions. An amazing Indian summer then followed with average temperatures in the early 20s° C and little rainfall until May. These conditions were excellent for flavour development in our grapes and allowed for ideal maturity in tannins. Picking decisions were made on flavour with no weather or disease pressure influencing the timing.
Gentle handling and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our winemaking. We handpick our grapes, then de-stem and lightly crush to just break their skins before they
go into small, open topped fermenting vats. The ferments are worked by hand plunging along with drain and returns to maximise gentle tannin extraction, and extended post ferment maceration allows us to achieve a balance between fruit intensity and tannin structure. After basket pressing the individual component varieties of the 2010 Selection went into barrel. The blend was put together in December 2010 and matured for a further 18 months in small oak barrels. 30% of the oak was new. The wine was fined using fresh egg whites and filtered before bottling on the property in January 2013.
A complex nose where aromas of roasted dark fruit, finely ground cinnamon and cardamom mingle with savoury notes of sunbaked earth and leather.
The palate is round and supple with sustained, intense dark fruit and gentle spice flavours and a texture of velvet. The tannins are firm but only a supporting and balancing backbone to the richness and concentration of the fruit. Selection 2010 is so attractive now but has so much more to offer when carefully cellared. Enjoy with finely flavoured dishes or hard cheese.