This is not your typical fruity “drink young” Sauvignon Blanc style. The aim with this wine was to try and make a more complex, interesting and age-worthy style using wild fermentation and old French oak barrels – opposite winemaking techniques to those commonly used in the new world.
Upon opening, the nose shows definite funky sulphide notes (match strike), with biscuit-like lees characters, oyster shell, and glimpses of nectarine and pineapple.
As the wine gains air contact the funky aromas reduce giving way to more fruit – such as pineapple, passionfruit, gooseberry and fresh herbs.
The palate is creamy and textural, with soft (yet ample) acid, and beautiful mouth feel and length of flavour.
It is a drier style best enjoyed with food. Most importantly, it is an intriguing, complex style to contemplate alongside a more youthful, fruity Sauvignon Blanc.
Drink now and over the next 5 years.
Enjoy with richer seafood.
" 92 points" James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013