This is an aromatic 2016 White Grape Blend of whole berry fermented Semillon (80%) and Viognier (20%). The grapes are fermented together whole berry, foot-trod and hand plunged. They are then gently pressed off to finish fermentation and malolactic in old oak barrels and tank. This allows a softness, richness and creaminess from total fermentation to completion.
The two vineyards used for this wine are from higher altitude hillside sites from Mullamuddy and Rylestone. The soil is leaner and higher Alkali with quartz, basalt and red volcanic clay.
2016 was a longer, dry, vintage with early rain – but it stayed unusually dry as a biscuit for the remainder of version.
2016 White Grape Blend Tasting Notes
This is a smooth white blend of cofermented Semillon (80%) and Viognier (20%) with 7 days of skin contacted with stems. Ageing was half in tank on Sur lees and half old oak with regular lees-stirring allowing for full malolactic to give the creamy-fruity finish that is rounded and soft but is rich on the palate.
The nose is immediately arresting with fresh zesty herbaceous flavours of pine cone, lemon leaf, mineral seaspray, passionfruit, sweet basil and apricot. The palate is smooth, oily and creamy but rich with vibrant fruity passionfruit, lemon drop confection and white plum with vibrant refreshing acid and medium weight.