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The Hermit Ram Salty White
£23.95

The Hermit Ram

The Hermit Ram Salty White

Country: New Zealand
Region: North Canterbury
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc, Muller Thurgau
Colour: White
Bottle Size: 75cl 
Alcohol: 12.5% 
Vintage: 2019

In 2012 Theo Coles discovered the Limestone Hills vineyard in Canterbury in the north of New Zealand’s South Island.  Owned by Gareth Renowdon, Theo agreed to make some wine with him from his 1000 or so Pinot Noir vines.  Limestone Hills vineyard is naturally farmed, and the first vintage (2012) was that way too — no additions and matured in old oak.

Since then Theo has expanded the range to include the skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Müller-Thurgau, a field blend rosé and another Pinot Noir.  The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region, all naturally farmed without chemicals and Theo is keen to stress that every wine has its own story to tell.  We agree and would add that this is some of the most exciting wine to come out of New Zealand for a long time; a turning point for authentic, artisan winemakers in a country so often associated with mass-produced wine.  These are wines with personality, depth, complexity and most importantly, drinkability.

This wine is the true (Theo’s) interpretation of the New Zealand coastline. A blend of Muller Thurgau & Sauvignon Blanc, aged on skins in amphorae. Similar to the Skin Fermented Sauvignon Blanc it isn’t too ‘skinsy’, just enough to add texture and raise the aromatics. 

PRODUCER NOTES

In 2012 Theo Coles discovered the Limestone Hills vineyard in Canterbury in the north of New Zealand’s South Island.  Owned by Gareth Renowdon, Theo agreed to make some wine with him from his 1000 or so Pinot Noir vines.  Limestone Hills vineyard is naturally farmed, and the first vintage (2012) was that way too — no additions and matured in old oak.

Since then Theo has expanded the range to include the skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Müller-Thurgau, a field blend rosé and another Pinot Noir.  The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region, all naturally farmed without chemicals and Theo is keen to stress that every wine has its own story to tell.  We agree and would add that this is some of the most exciting wine to come out of New Zealand for a long time; a turning point for authentic, artisan winemakers in a country so often associated with mass-produced wine.  These are wines with personality, depth, complexity and most importantly, drinkability.

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

This wine is the true (Theo’s) interpretation of the New Zealand coastline. A blend of Muller Thurgau & Sauvignon Blanc, aged on skins in amphorae. Similar to the Skin Fermented Sauvignon Blanc it isn’t too ‘skinsy’, just enough to add texture and raise the aromatics.