Blood Moon Moonrise Fiano Vermentino is just delicious. I am a sucker for Vermentino, and what Matt has done is taken the beautiful apricot and floral notes of Vermentino and added the weight and nuttiness of Fiano. The palate of Moonrise Fiano Vermentino is clean, fresh and silky. Moonrise Fiano Vermentino is a drink now wine.
The style of Moonrise Fiano Vermentino means it will be lovely over spring and summer with a fresh salad or fish on the BBQ. Just don’t serve Moonrise Fiano Vermentino too cold, or you’ll lose all the charm.
Blood Moon Moonrise Fiano Vermentino 2021, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
In 2019 Matt Aulich took over Blood Moon from his two business partners. What didn’t change was the love and care that goes into making Blood Moon Wines. The wines are sourced from the Yarra Valley, Sunbury, and Heathcote. There are minimal interventions and additions, but the wines still have beautiful fruit and freshness. You should drink these wines if you love pure, bright, expressive, but restrained Australian wines. They are not the most complex you’ll find. But they are beautiful wines and wines to enjoy.
Blood Moon Moonrise Fiano Vermentino 2021 Winery Notes
“Vineyard – Chalmers Merbein site in the Murray Darling region. Chalmers have spent years refining their approach to viticulture which includes heavy use of organic carbon to improve soil and increase water holding capacity. All nutrient and the majority of fungicide applications utilized are organic. Residual herbicides are not part of the Chalmers regime as soil microbial health is paramount. Mulch and weed control trials are currently underway to permanently remove the need for chemical knock-down herbicide use.
Winemaking – The two varieties were picked a couple of days apart then pressed together and co-fermented in mostly old neutral French oak barrels for 6 months. The wine was racked once following malolactic fermentation. Wild yeast fermented, unfined and unfiltered. No adds apart from minimal sulphur.
The Murray Darling is the second-largest wine region in Australia. It straddles the Murray River in northwest Victoria and western New South Wales. The biggest plantings are of Chardonnay. However, alternative varieties are the second biggest group of plantings. Interesting things are happening from some old and new producers.
Historically important white variety. Now almost exclusively from Campania in Italy. Very rich and complex wines with the ability to age. Fiano tends to be quite rich and phenolic. It excels in sites where it can retain some acidity and, therefore, freshness. It is becoming popular in Australia as the hot, dry conditions of Southern Italy are comparable to our climate here. Not a wine to age; the best are thrilling from release.
An impressive white grape suited to warm coastal regions from Liguria down to Bolgheri and Sardinia. Rich aromatics and great texture. Personally, I think Vermentino is the next big thing. Mainly because it is delicious, but it also grows well in the Australian climate. And it ticks boxes for lovers of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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