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2019 Cambridge Road 'Animus'

2019 Cambridge Road 'Animus'

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Vintage 2019 Production - 652 bottles
Vine Age 12-32 years
Clones Pommard, CL5, CL6, Abel, Dijon 115, 777 & Syrah MS
Vineyards Cambridge Road & Lime Gully Wairarapa
Elevage 11 months in neutral oak
Composition 65% Pinot Noir & 35% Syrah
Alcohol 13.4%
Sulphite <10ppm

This is Animus 2018 take two.  A slight variation on its predecessor - cut from the same cloth but with a touch more Syrah, which is now sitting up at 35%. This gives a slightly fuller, darker and softer mouth feel.

Now under screw cap, which should keep it fresher for longer, but again no preservatives have been added so expect its journey to be a more natural and comfortable one.  Drink within 6 years. 

(See below tasting notes for Lot 1 for reference) 


The latest wine in the Animus series draws on Syrah more than ever before; its' gifts to the aromatic spectrum are apparent with more forest spice than is typical for pure Pinot Noir.  The wine is a twin vineyard assemblage with its core being driven from homeblock and a lift coming from a limestone site of higher altitude.  Regardless the wine is perfumed, perhaps more so than any of its predecessors the palate relays its youthful nervosity fresh and chalky signaling a comfortable ride ahead even without added preservatives. Enjoy sometime in the the next 6 years or so depending on your patience and preference for aged character.