Lauregan Central Hawke’s Bay Sangiovese 2013

18-Mar-2015
A most interesting development in Central Hawke’s Bay is the 1.6 ha Lauregan vineyard of Mike and Hazel Old who planted Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon on their north-west facing hillside site on Kahuranaki Road on the eastern side of the Tukituki River in 1995. The Olds have a fanatical approach to quality employing dry faming and tiny yields of less than 1 kg per vine from one bunch per shoot. The Olds discarded the Cabernet Sauvignon and planted Pinot Noir according to the advice of viticultural guru Drazen Mijatov. Their first Pinot Noir, from the 2013 vintage, makes a statement with its size and structure (click here to see). Mike made the wine with the input of Leith Ashworth. The Olds persevered with the Sangiovese, despite an ongoing battle with botrytis with the variety. In 2013, the Olds picked 1.6 tonnes of Sangiovese fruit, from which they selected to make 680 L of red wine. This was the last pick of Sangiovese, the Olds deciding to focus on Pinot Noir only. I review the Sangiovese wine made here. www.laureganwines.co.nz

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