Atrolo Tonton Yarra Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015


SSB with Bordeaux sensibilities made by James Lance. Excellent quality and made for a great cause.

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James Lance at Punch (ex Diamond Valley) sourced the fruit and made this wine a blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. Tonton has attained that French sensibility of a fresh nose with a structured palate. It is an attractive package of ripe melons, straw, caramel, figs and a like of smoke. The palate is densely packed with flavour punctuated by a line of lemon acid. Drink it over the next 5 years with baked snapper. Tonton is French for ‘Uncle’

The Atrolo wines are the work of the Airoldi family, importers of great Bordeaux to Australia. The wines are an homage to their brother Michaël who died of cancer at 28 years old. The Airoldi family donate part of the sales to cancer research.

Yarra Valley

A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.


A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.

Sauvignon Blanc

Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.

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