Estate grown vines planted in 1998 in the spectacular hillside vineyard of the Ferguson Valley in the Geographe wine region provides the fruit for the Bookends, so named as the Forest Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blocks metaphorically stand at each end of the vineyard.
Barrel fermenting and maturing Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in oak enhances the aromatic profile of the varieties, however
just as importantly it adds an intrinsic layer of texture and mouthfeel which provides depth and intrigue.
Bright, preserved lemon, spice, freshly plucked lime tree leaves and thyme.
Full bodied, citrus and tangy, textural and long, leaving a lasting impression of green limes and light toast.
Temperature in oak is allowed to peak at 22 degrees celsius, and at ferment completion the resultant wine is matured in barrel for 2 months, prioir to an early bottling.
An unconventional vintage, 2021 was challenging. A cooler lead up into the season, especially compared to previous vintages, meant bigger canopies and a later start. Yields however were low and became a blessing in disguise as 200mm of rain fell across 80 days during peak grape ripening.
A late season rain event caused by cyclone activity in early April spelt the end of vintage as winemakers scurried to get remaining grapes into the winery.