A mild spring was followed by a warm summer and early autumn, leading to excellent ripeness in the fruit. Favourable conditions during late autumn led to the onset of noble rot (botrytis), with the subsequent warm dry winds ensuring the grapes could be hung out until the very end of the season, when they were harvested in perfect condition.
Finale is part of our reserve series and is only made in exceptional years. It is dependent on specific conditions at the end of the season leading to noble rot. Only the most beautifully raisined, perfectly botrytic berries were selected to make this wine. A small amount of very concentrated juice was then obtained by gentle pressing, and put into new French artisan oak barriques where it was allowed to ferment. The wine was then matured in these barriques on its natural deposits of yeast lees (sur lie) for almost two years, prior to bottling.
The wine is deep golden, with aromas of stone fruit (peach/apricot), lychee, pineapple and passionfruit. Layered beneath are also hints of brioche, hazelnut, marmalade and butterscotch. The presence of botrytis adds concentration and leads to a mouth feel that is rich and unctuous, however there remains a refreshing spine of acidity that ensures the wine is perfectly balanced, while adding satisfying length.