Production –50 dozen /600 bottles
Colour: Pale straw with lime hues.
Bouquet: Jasmine flower with fresh lime rind and a touch of seaspray on the nose. Hints of brioche and freshly baked bread.
Palate: The palate is bright and delicate, fresh lime rind and lemon curd jump out initially followed by white nectarines, peach and pithy ruby grapefruit. There is weight from the barrel work and a rich brulee texture that coats the mouth before a fine line of acid takes over to give the wine great length.
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now or will continue to develop if cellared, until 2025.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on 3rd and 12th March.
Vilification: The grapes were picked early in the cool of the morning, then immediately whole bunch basket pressed. The juice was cold settled for two hours to remove heavy sediments and transferred to barriques which underwent wild fermentation. 60% new oak was used, regular battonage over 10 months. Bottled in December 2017.
Technical Data: Alc. 12.3% pH 3.23 TA 7.5 g/l
The spring of 2016 was much cooler and wetter and this combined with the cooler conditions in early 2017 have seen Vintage 2017 be a more traditional Margaret River vintage. The yields for most white varieties were strong and harvest began later in February continuing well into March capturing the bright, fragrant aromas. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles.
Vintage Rating 8/10
Awards and Reviews:
New Release October 2019
There’s a richness to both the texture and to the flavour here though it finishes with a keen strut of citrus- and nectarine-driven acidity. It has both length and power as a result, though harmony is still a work in progress. Time will help. – Campbell Mattinson – Published 01 August 2019
93 Points – James Hallidays Wine Companion 2020