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2021 Sauvignon Blanc

A wonderfully complex, modern Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc expression. Fermented wild in large-format French oak with a portion of full skins contact, it is aromatic, savoury, textural and layered with a long, dry finish. The perfect aperitivo or accompaniment for rich seafood and poultry.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep straw with a green tinge. NOSE An enticing perfume reminiscent of pistachio ice cream. Complex floral, citrus, spice, and herbal tones intermingle with a delicate custard base. Though fitting comfortably within the preserved lemon and lavender spectrum, hints of savoury thyme and dry forest floor add intrigue. PALATE A luscious, yet soft body with delicate creamy texture, and light, drying tannins. The fresh entry carries slowly to a perfumed finish with hints of lavender and pistachio.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES A new style of Sauvignon Blanc for Margaret River. We worked on making a more luscious, enjoyable style from our best fruit using our own approach. Refined winemaking techniques, in particular a focus on wild fermentation, have better captured our version of a more delicious sense of place, highlighting the exciting complexities of the powerful, aromatic, and savoury elements of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc. The portion of full skins fermentation is very clearly an influence at a higher percentage this year. This represents a further evolution of style, bringing a darker colour and deeper, riper-looking fruit implication, adding incredible texture and structure to the palate. The wine was allowed to develop in beautiful, mostly older, large format French oak for 11 months before blending, followed by a further 4 months to harmonise and refine before bottling. From a much cooler season, this is a fresher, more perfumed and elegant Sauvignon Blanc.
Production Notes
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drink from now until 2027.
Harvest Date
8 - 18 March 2021
64% French oak (foudre, puncheon and barrique) 24% open fermenters 9% stainless steel tank 3% concrete egg
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
July 2022
Vintage Notes

A year of peculiar weather where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for
an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. Luckily, December and January were warm and dry. Canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. A second rainfall incident in early March was followed by sunny and breezy conditions to dry off the fruit for healthy ripening. With our judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested with little-to-no disease in our vineyards.

2021 Sauvignon Blanc
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  • 94 Points

    February/ March Halliday Wine Companion 2022 - Erin Larkin

    Some portions have seen skin contact, others fermented (wild, of course) in French oak foudres. Field mushrooms and sea salt, guava and crushed lychee, nashi pear and Golden Delicious apples. So much going on, and from so many different angles: this is complex, textural, layered and long. This style will not be for everyone, although if you love chardonnay this will firmly be in your ballpark. The Campari/orange-zest character that comes from skin contact can be addictive - it's here, if you look closely. I'd like to see this in 5 and 10 years. (V20)

  • 94 Points

    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

    Powerhouse style and an excellent example of it. This really lays down the law in the glass. Woodsmoke, nettles, tropical fruit and gravelly gunmetal characters. If it was a film it would be a gritty revisionist western. There’s grain to the finish too, grip, structure. Candied fruit notes fly about but then the finish is daringly dry. It’s a terrific wine. (V20)

  • 95 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion - Jane Faulkner

    Serious sauv blanc that’s seriously good, but not as you know it. Wild fermentation in French oak foudres and puncheons with some skin contact. The result is a structured, savoury wine with an absence of overt tropical flavours – very pleasing as a result. Instead, phenolics add shape and mouthfeel while textural talc-like acidity ensures this remains refreshing. It is complex, flavoursome and moreish.

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