Sweet citrus, golden pear, honeycomb, nougat, talc
Vibrant and concentrated, finishing with fresh acidity
Following several years of early vintages and the exceptionally late 2017, it was very nice to have a 'normal' season again. Excellent budburst across all varieties was followed by a beautifully warm November, which provided ideal conditions for flowering and very good fruit set. Summer proved to be quite mild with just a few hot days, particularly in December. A cool, overcast February resulted in the average maximum temperature for the month being close to two degrees lower than the long term average. Fortunately this cool, dry weather continued through the lead-up to harvest, enabling fruit to ripen slowly, accumulating intense varietal flavours whilst retaining natural acidity and all our whites were harvested in excellent condition.
Two parcels of Estate grown Semillon were cane cut in early March to accelerate sugar accumulation. After being chilled overnight, the fruit was destemmed and transferred to the press where it remained over an 8 hour period to allow for rehydration of the shrivelled berries and extraction of flavour from within the skins. The juice was then pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and was arrested once it arrived at the preferred sugar balance. The wine was then filtered and bottled in July 2018.
Up to 5 years
Rich, cream-based desserts or blue cheese