A dozen bottles of 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Colour: Brilliant straw.
Bouquet: Gooseberry and cut grass on the nose with hints of lychee and tropical fruits.
Palate:The palate is lush, crisp and long, dominated by fresh citrus notes and a juicy core of tropical fruit. An interesting textural element on the palate is from a small percentage of the Semillon undergoing wild ferment on skins and a short time in oak.
Enjoy now while young and fresh or may be cellared for up to 3 years.
Harvest:The Sauvignon Blanc was picked on March 13th and Semillon on March 16th.
Vinification:Both the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were individually machine picked in cool of the early morning to ensure retention of their aromatic flavour profiles. The Sauvignon Blanc was the first off the vine to ensure the vibrant tropical flavours were captured. Both varieties were destemmed, crushed, and pressed before being fermented in stainless steel tanks with a neutral yeast in order to highlight the individual characteristics. To add a textural mouthfeel 5% of the final blend of Semillon was fermented on skins with wild yeast before being transferred to barrel for three months. After numerous blending trials the final blend, bringing more than the sum of the parts, was 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. The wine was gently fined and bottled on the June 2018 capturing the freshness for which this blend is loved.
Technical Data: Alc. 12.0% pH 3.26 TA 6.5 g/L
Vintage: It was a perfect growing season with little to no disease pressure, good winter rainfall and early season rains meant there was no real need for irrigation. A mild to warm summer with clear skies provided a consistent, balanced growing season for white varietals allowing fruit concentration to full develop while retaining great acidity. As summer drew to a close the long cool nights and mildly warm days allowed the reds to reach full phenolic ripeness while maintaining good levels of natural acidity and fruit concentration. The pick of the last few vintages which will provide wines with great depth, concentration and exceptional cellaring capacity.
Vintage Rating 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
New Release May 2019