The making of our blanc de blanc relies on building a core of fresh crisp fruit with layers of intrigue.
The components of complexity are enhanced by 100% barrel fermentation, yeast lees retainment and a guided Malo lactic fermentation.
Light bread crust and grilled almond sit atop lifted citrus zest.
A persistent bead in the glass, a full and supple mid palate with layers upon a racy and refreshing palate lined with lime and lemon, with yeasty complexity.
Best Sparkling~ 2017 Geographe Wine Show
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is primarily sourced from our Clone 95 blocks which were grafted in recent seasons.
Fresh but slightly cloudy juice is fermented in mature french oak with a cultured yeast. Some of the oak is also inoculated for Malo lactic fermentation. Temperature is allowed to peak at 22 degrees celsius, but thereafter maintained at cooler cellar temperatures to mature. Following some age on lees the wine is allowed a secondary fermentation to provide the sparkle, prior to dosage and release.
A cold and wet Spring in 2016 shaped a milder vintage in 2017, which was further interrupted by February and March rains. The resulting conditions led to a lengthy ripening period, and a 2-3 week delay to start of vintage. Lower temperatures at ripening are beneficial to retain freshness and elegance, and wines of lower alcohol and crisp acidity.