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2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

The more sophisticated interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend. Made from a selection of our most intense parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fruit, using intricate winemaking techniques to develop a powerful, textural wine with brooding savoury undertones.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw. NOSE The pungent perfume opens with a note of Lantana Bush and evolves to reveal hints of tropical Thailand with subtle lemongrass, paw paw, lychee and chilli. The Sauvignon Blanc fruit provides the underlying tone of blackcurrant, while yeast complexities conjure notes of bread crust and baked savoury pie. PALATE A softer palate than the pungent perfume would suggest. Plush and juicy with a long full texture, revealing a light and tangy Tahitian lime and yoghurt finish.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Refined winemaking techniques have better developed the exciting complexities built into the powerful, aromatic and structured fruit of Sauvignon Blanc, which is complimented by the tempering delicacy of our best parcels of Semillon. The small portion of Sauvignon Blanc fermented entirely on skins has helped to broaden the palate, while the use of new French Oak has brought spice to the aroma and tannin texture to the palate. A greater step toward wild fermentation this year has resulted in a better expression of our true vineyard character, giving the wine a more savoury and solid core.
Production Notes
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2022
Harvest Date
Mid-March 2017
25% French Oak Barrique (80% new & 20% 1-5 year old), 10 weeks
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
July 2017
Vintage Notes


2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.

2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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  • 94 Points

    2019 Halliday Wine Companion - James Halliday

    Stamped with class. The texture, the intensity of flavour, the acceleration of the finish. Indeed it’s difficult - and pointless - to single out individual flavours because it all seems so unified. It’s an excellent white wine from all angles, with elegance included. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. Rating 94. Drink To 2023.

  • 93 Points

    Ray Jordan

    This famous blend takes the standard white combo up a notch or two. It's partially wild fermented with some oak fermentation and further oak maturation which introduces a complex arrangement of aromas and flavours. The nose is quite perfumed with a lemongrass lift over a very subtle floral dried herbs character. The palate is textured and lively with a long, focused finish. Nice alternative style for short term cellaring. Cellar: 5 years

  • 94+ Points

    Erin Larkin

    75% sauvignon blanc, 25% semillon. A pale golden straw in the glass, this is all red apple skin, guava, lychee, pink peppercorn, blackcurrant, summer pear, juniper, and winter sugar snap peas. Thanks to partial barrel ferment (in 80% new French oak) and over two thirds fermented using wild yeasts, this is a complex, textural, savoury and exciting expression of Margaret River SBS. Creamy on the palate, with typical bracing acidity tempered by stony minerality and crushed oyster shell - this is textured, long and concentrated. Wonderful.

  • 93 points

    The Real Review - Toni Paterson

    A deliciously refreshing wine with a long harmonious palate and great flavour. Accents of snowpea, lemon, lime zest and white nectarine, with pleasing background savouriness from a little oak fermentation. A seriously good, flavoursome wine. Top value

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