97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Trophy – Best White Blend 2017 Royal Sydney Wine Show
60% of the blend was crushed, destemmed and chilled before a very gentle pressing, with only free-run juice used. The settled, clean juice was then fermented at 15oC in tank using aromatic yeast strains. 40% of the blend (predominantly Sauvignon Blanc) was whole bunch pressed with the cloudy free-run juice then naturally fermented in French oak using wild yeasts. A small component of Muscadelle was also fermented naturally in new French oak adding perfume to the wine. All of the barrels (new barriques only account for 10% of the final blend) were lees stirred for several months adding complexity and texture to the wine before blending with the crisp clean tank fermented components.
“71% sauvignon blanc, 27% semillon, 2% muscadelle, estate-grown, 60% destemmed and crushed, free-run juice fermented in tank with cultured yeast, 40% (predominantly sauvignon blanc) whole bunch-pressed, cloudy free-run juice wild-fermented in French oak (10% new) and lees-stirred for several months. The bouquet immediately tells you the complex vinification has worked brilliantly, with struck match aromas, the layered palate of utterly exceptional intensity, with fruit, oak and acidity welded together so tightly it’s impossible (and irrelevant) to unpick them, the aftertaste staggeringly long and intense.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday