A blend of 2016 flor aged Savagnin and 2020 Savagnin juice. Fortified with neutral grape spirit to 17% alcohol. Filtered and bottled July 2020.
Dried fruits with a lingering nutty aroma. Spices and sweet luscious golden fruits, all balanced with an acid spine. Drink with sweet spiced pastries, fruit tarts, chocolate, milawa blue and washed rind cheeses. Will cellar for many years to come, but ready now!
The Wine front - Campbell Mattinson
Max Crus The Daily Telegraph
This wine shows all of the classic 'Grigio' characters both on the nose and in the mouth.
The cool clean fermentation has helped preserve the wine’s wonderfully fresh aromatics.
Fresh, mineral and lively with hints of bitter orange and red berries balanced nicely by creaminess and spice,
Rose is one of the most versatile and enjoyable styles around, offering as it does a great compliment to Asian dishes or just a refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day.
Defying convention and looking to the great Vin Jaune wines of the Jura region in France for inspiration this wine was whole bunched pressed to old French barriques before natural fermentation and malolactic conversion. Following ferment the barrels were moved to a well ventilated shed (away from the winery proper) where conditions were perfect for the gradual growth of the flor yeast on the surface of the increasingly ullaged barrels. Amazingly this wine has not been topped for its entire 4 year ageing period, relying on the protective properties of the yeast voile to avoid excessive oxidation. Bottling took place in May 2020 without any filtration, fining, stabilization or the significant addition of SO2.
This wine displays many of the desired nutty aldehyde (almost sherry like) characters that can be expected after prolonged ageing under flor. A complex array of flavours, amongst them preserved lemon, grilled nuts & exotic spice. A palate of tremendous breadth and length with mouth filling chalky texture and persistanct acid drive.
The Wine Front - Campbell Mattinson
The Real Review - Huon Hooke