A complex display of floral jasmine, lifted peach, nectarine, lemon/lime citrus and cinnamon/clove spice with a hint of nutmeg and nougat. A slight wild ferment funk gives an element of depth and richness to the nose.
Rich vibrant palate with a soft, seductive creamy texture and exquisite white stone fruit flavours fill the mouth. Well integrated, supple oak and persistent, tight yet seamless acid lines linger on resulting in a crisp, clean, captivating finish.
Winter in Margaret River was typically wet and cold, perfectly setting the vines up for the growing season ahead. A mild spring and early summer were kind to flowering, fruit-set and canopy development. Late summer and the ripening season were not ideal. Periodically the region is subject to tropical rainfall conditions during late summer and autumn, 2021 was one of those years. Luckily the vineyard site at Thompson Estate is set to ‘weather the storm’ with excellent aspect, old balanced vines and our winery right on site. All our fruit achieved optimum ripeness with a minimum of disease which was seen so prevalent across the region. The wines of 2021 will display ripe fruit characters, be structurally made to age and typical of what you expect from Thompson Estate.
25th February 2021
With a combination of mostly gentle hand-picking and some tender selective machine harvesting, the fruit was chilled, lightly pressed, cold settled and transferred to a mixture of new and older French oak barriques. Fermentation was initiated by a combination of natural yeasts from the vineyard and specially selected yeast strains. Each batch was left on lees for 9 ½ months during maturation with regular battonage before blending, filtering then bottling.
9 ½ months, 40% new / 60% older French Oak
Elegant pale/medium straw with brilliant clarity and a subtle green edge.