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Alpha Box & Dice ‘Golden Mullet Fury’ Semillon Viognier, Mclaren Vale 2016

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Alpha Box & Dice

You just don’t do a “half mullet” – you have to be all in. The mullet, like skin contact white wines, has been around for millennia. Things never go out of fashion, they just get re-discovered… it’s a cycle, see? Slinky and textured in the mouth with a smooth flow across the palate and sweet tannin fanning out on the finish. It’s red wine-making applied the white wine - the blend? – Semillon and Viognier... percentages don’t matter, but the end result does... Much like the mullet!

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Production

The Semillon and Viognier are picked off the same plot at Connor’s Farm, McLaren Vale. Semillon is picked after losing green capsicum flavours whilst the Viognier is picked before it develops apricot characteristic. The vineyard has sand overlaying clay close to the beach which gives briney flavours. Placed in same vat after harvesting, the wine is co-fermented on their skins for three weeks before spending 18 months in oak, 70% in aged barrels and 30% in re-worked (Phoenix) barrels.

Tasting notes

Golden Mullet Fury, the co-fermented, skin contact white wine has become a hallmark of AB&D wines. This vintage gives a more palatable approach to skin contact white wine from previous vintages, without surrendering its character or funk. It’s a blonde bombshell of capsicum, guava and butterscotch on the nose with waxy, textured, almond, spicy and rich flavours throughout your mouth.

Food match

Try with a spicy Thai fish curry, pork belly or salmon fillets (skin on).

Awards

2015 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2018

Bronze

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