2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River $20.00
Sauvignon Blanc is a crowd-pleaser for its easy drinking nature and aromatics, of that there is no doubt. It was obvious that the 2018 vintage was going to favour this varietal, with slightly higher levels of malic acid following a cooler-than usual year. So, who were we to stand in its way?
We believe every white in our vintage has bright aromatics, with looks and taste to match, but the Sauvignon Blanc is the standout. In making this wine we wanted to pay homage to
the region itself. Margaret River is internationally recognised for its dry Sauvignon Blanc – those sunny, easy drinking wines with tropical fruits and grassy character.
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Our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc uses a base of cool climate fruit from the Karridale subregion which
provides vibrant aromatics and crunchiness. This is supported by a blend of oaked Sauvignon Blanc from the Wallcliffe subregion, providing added texture and mouth feel.
The vineyard selection was critical to making a balanced, ultra-fresh style without losing the
sophistication. This wine expresses the kind of vibrant Margaret River fruit character we know
you (and many others) will enjoy.
The Karridale fruit was destemmed, crushed, and ever so lightly pressed to release the free run juice. To preserve the aromatics, the juice was then clarified and fermented in cool, temperature-controlled stainless steel vats using a yeast strain. The strain was naturally selected to assist in the release of flavour precursor compounds in the juice and resulting ferment to produce a fresh, fruity, clean wine. The relatively cool ferment lasted approximately two weeks.
The Karridale fruit was then blended together with about 30% of barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc from Wallcliffe. This provides further aromatics, structure, palette weight, and what we believe is the perfect balance. The blend was given a light fining and was cold stabilised, before being filtered and prepared for bottling.
Pale straw colour with a greenish hue.
This wine has a delicate balance of herbal and leafy notes from the cooler southern sub-regions. The nose exhibits vibrant aromas, with hints of freshly mown grass and dried herbs generating a unique
Sauvignon Blanc has excellent flavour and structure and a good natural balance of acidity and sugar, with flavours of crisp gooseberry. Underlying these great
varietal fruits is the subtle minerality of the terroirs.
The long lingering finish is lively and fresh with lime flavoured
acidity. The palate is clean and lively with a well-balanced complexity and a refreshing citrus
We aim for minimal intervention to let the fruit express itself, yet there are certain things we do need to maintain the quality and integrity of this wine. We’ve added minimal sulphites to stabilise the wine and ensure its shelf life quality. It has also been naturally fined with the aid of skim milk products or Isinglass to remove harsh phenolic compounds. We use this method as opposed to other chemical by-products as it is extremely gentle in nature and does not strip flavour nor character from the wine, creating a final, high quality polish.
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