12 year old Roussanne vines are planted over two blocks totalling 2.5 hectares in soils of weathered sands mixed with ironstone gravels. Yangarra shoot and bunch thin in February just before the berries begin accumulating sugar, and follow up with some leaf plucking, as the extra sunlight allows for the tannins to be tamed and ripeness to occur at lower sugar levels resulting in a more balanced and restrained style. The grapes were hand-picked and carefully basketpressed with only 60% of the extractable juice to eliminate any potential broadness. No sulphites were added, and the juice was transferred to barrel without any settling or fining, where it underwent wild yeast fermentation. The wine was matured for 7 months, the lees retained and stirred monthly, with just filtration. It will live, mellow, burnish and bloom for many years in the cellar
This is seriously distinguished McLaren Vale white, restrained yet vibrant with savory aromatics and stone fruit flavours. This does huge justice to McLaren Vale’s under-recognised complexities and diversity of soils. It displays how the right terroir being chosen with insight and understanding results in a wonderfully impressive wine. The sheer attractiveness and alluring fruit on offer here, matched with the cleverly judged structure and shape, makes it a standout wine.
Good with light chicken and pork dishes, scallops and grilled turbot.