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2018 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 A perfume that takes you to the tropics, with traces of star fruit, pineapple, mango, durian fruit and lemongrass. A hint of custard tart and kaffir lime give way to more earthy notes, reminiscent of a woody forest walk in summer with some coastal sea spray blowing through. PALATE Amazing density for such a fresh wine. Fleshy fruit on the palate follows the tropical theme with guava-like characters, while a wonderful texture of savoury tannin dryness completes the finish, leaving the palate dry but full of fruit and forest perfumes.
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 and bring structure to the palate, while the use of new French Oak has added spice to the aroma and additional tannin texture to the palate. The use of wild fermentation results in better expression of our true vineyard character, giving the wine a more savoury and solid core. The wine is aged in oak and tank for 6 months before blending.
Production Notes
82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2025
Harvest Date
Late Feb to Mid-March 2018
49% French Oak Barrique and Puncheon (67% new, 33% 1-5 year old), 6 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
Oct 2018
Vintage Notes

Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserving vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in our Chardonnays. Meanwhile, the reds ripened slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile to 2017.

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  • 95 points (Best of the Best by Variety)

    Jane Faulkner - 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

    Sauvignon blanc leads this duet at 82% with almost half the blend spending time in a mix of French oak for 6 or so months. It’s a classy outcome. Superb balance of flavours, it has precision, length and line. A crisp, dry finish quite savoury with a phenolic edge adding another layer of complexity.

  • 94 points

    The Real Review - Huon Hooke

    This could be the best vintage yet under this label. Subtle spicy barrel-ferment notes combine with intense gooseberry, snowpea, pine and lime fruit aromas, plus fresh herbs, to result in a most entertaining bouquet. A delicious and subtly complex wine.

  • 93 points

    The Real Review - Toni Paterson

    Very strong herbaceous tones on the nose. Starfruit, Kiwi, nettles and lime. The palate is incredibly juicy and intense, highly fruity in its expression yet with good acidity giving tension. There are also some pleasing subtle oak tones adding to the complexity. Very well-made. Excellent palate depth and breath

  • 94 points

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020

    An understated expression evocative of classic, everyday white Bordeaux, dominated by sauvignon (82%). Steeped, too, in the understanding that this blend takes on authority, complexity and drinkability with a bit of oak (matured in 48% French oak, 25% new). Delicious and exceptional value. Lemon curd, lanolin, greengage and a cooling menthol note meander around a creamy core of cedary oak. I could drink this every day.

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