A long cool winter and late start to Spring delayed budburst, but we avoided frost. This later start delayed flowering, but good weather during bloom led to excellent fruit set and good yields. A warm summer provided ideal conditions for healthy development of both the vines and fruit, but a cooler autumn delayed the start of harvest as sugar accumulation slowed and acidity levels dropped relatively slowly, making 2013 an excellent year for sparkling wine production with wines suitable for long ageing. This wine spent 48 months on lees.
The vintage conditions for 2013 created such an opportunity, producing a wine with sublime structure, balance and finesse, perfect for long ageing and cellaring. The 2013 Native Grace has a backbone of chardonnay which brings a bright streak of citrus to the palate with pronounced, rich aromas of pastry and buttered toast on the nose. This wine is vibrant and complex with attractive mineral notes and a delicious richness from over four years on lees.
Caviar, freshly shucked oysters and smoked salmon.. or simply enjoy the delicate nature of this wine on its own.