2022 Vinework Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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Vinework presents the opportunity to experience a seasonal voyage from the vineyard to the glass – from growth to creation. Crafted in celebration of the hours spent walking amongst the vines, watching, tending, tasting – connecting with our growers and the region’s land. This range welcomes you to walk alongside us on this unique passage through the vineyards, exploring the individual blocks and batches brought together to create this story—a colourful, textural tale of the season and the soils.
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Sauvignon Blanc (66%) Semillon (34%)
After a long, and relatively cold and wet winter budburst was later than usual, and about a week or two later than last season. There was still some wet, windy spring weather which affected fruit set. Despite the late start to the season, the fantastic WA summer allowed the growing season to catch up with warm, fine weather and a few of very hot periods. Marri trees had a bumper year for blossom, which always bodes well, distracting birds from away from the fruit (at least for the first half of the season while the blossom lasted). There was no significant weather pressure experienced at all early in the vintage, in fact the warm weather meant that the whites were harvested at a frenetic pace in order to preserve natural acidity. Yields were relatively low however the fruit quality was excellent with great flavour intensity. In summary 2022 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage in Margaret River
Pale straw with slight green tinge.
The beguiling bouquet displays passionfruit and lemon thyme aromas with hints of frangipani/musk and kaffir lime, all framed by the subtle influence of judicious oak handling.
The lively palate is medium bodied with a wonderful purity of fruit, offering citrus flavours, guava, lemon thyme and spice. The wine is beautifully structured with a backbone of zesty acidity layered with lovely textural elements. The influence of wild fermentation in barrel has added complexity and weight to this otherwise quintessentially crisp, fruit driven blend.
The Semillon component (34%) of the blend was crushed, destemmed and chilled before a very gentle pressing, with only free-run juice used. The settled, clean juice was then fermented at 15oC in tank using an aromatic yeast strain. Of the Sauvignon Blanc component, 40% was also processed and tank fermented as per the Semillon. While the remaining 26% of the blend was whole bunch / berry pressed with the cloudy free-run juice then naturally fermented in French oak using wild yeasts. 10% of the overall blend was fermented in new barrels. All the barrel components were then lees stirred regularly for a further three months adding complexity and texture to the wine before blending with the crisp, clean, tank fermented components.