The Lone Flora is a very rare wine. Not only is the total plantings of Flora in New Zealand just a tiny 3 hectares, but the small sundrenched vineyard site on Waiheke, home to these grapes, was completely pulled out following the 2017 harvest. Thus leaving the Lone Flora, the last of its kind.
A cross of Gewürztraminer and Semillon this wine has a nose of tangerine, lime and a tropical sweetness. Citrus and pear on the palate with fantastic weight and roundness leave a long, fresh and lingering finish.
The 2017 growing season started with great, even budburst and strong shoot development throughout all of our vineyards on Waiheke. We had a great fruit set and large potential crop, allowing us to be very selective when it came to green harvest. December and January were warm and dry causing the hills to brown and clay to crack. The fruit set and vine health were set up for an exceptional harvest. From February to April Mother Nature changed her tune and it began to rain on and off throughout veraison and ripening giving the viticulture team a lot of challenges. Fortunately for us, having the strong growth and large fruit set prior to the rain, we were able to remove grapes that were not up to standard, due to the rain, and retain quality grapes that have made some very smart wines.