A golden wine that is heading towards orange in it’s middle age. The nose is intense and multilayered. Vanilla pods, toast, honey and oak are steeped in a juice of citrus and exotic fruits. Plush and vibrant on the tongue, the flavours a pulled to the back of your palate by the zesty acid. This wine is drinking from now until you’ve drunk them all. The acid of this wine would make it a great aperitif with pate.
Full time wine production started here in 1643. Today there is 38.5 hectare of vineyards with 75% Semillon and 23% Sauvignon Blanc with 2% Muscadelle. They make quite a powerful wine, barrel fermented and they can be aged in up to 100% new oak in the very good years, the high amounts of Semillon means the acid is there for aging.
Within Sauternes is a particularly limestone infused patch of dirt that offers less opulence but more perfume and freshness. The wines are made in the same way, with the use of the noble rot, botrytis, live as long as Sauternes and are just as fascinating.
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.
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.
A relatively easy year for producing sweet wines quality was very good overall.