Cloth Label White 2013

Cloth Label White 2013

The release of our Cloth Label White 2013 is very gratifying. It’s only our second release of this wine, and displays a maturity and complexity that is personally very fulfilling. Thinking back to the original concept for this wine and the lessons that we learned from our starting trials in 2011, along with the initial release in 2012, you’ll see that we have taken the 2013 wine to a whole new level.

Compared to the 2012, you’ll see a little more aromatic restraint. This isn’t to say that the wine is lacking. Rather, the change from Gewürztraminer as the dominant component means that this wine has more depth and I think the many varieties are more integrated.

As well, you’ll find that with the decrease in Gewürztraminer, the wine is not as duck fatty. Rather, we have tightened the profile so that it more closely resembles our Muse Chardonnay or Sauvignon. I’m quite proud of the results. I think we have a very elegant and charming wine that has done what we set out to achieve: to express the complexity of the St Matthias vineyard through the sum of its many varieties. Its potential for maturation is excellent and I believe that it will continue to improve for many years.

One thing that I might add is that the final blend for each Cloth Label White (from 2012 through to the 2015, which is currently in oak) has been very different. The variation between vintages is one of the great things about this wine. While it will remain consistent, it is subtly different every year.

Blend: Sauvignon Blanc 21%, Riesling 16%, Chardonnay 19%, Pinot Gris 13%, Gewurztraminer 19% and Pinot noir 12%

—Conor van der Reest, winemaker