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2022 Sauvignon Blanc

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


Tasting Notes
APPEARANCE Pale yellow with a green and bronze tinge. NOSE Alluring notes of subdued seaspray and preserved lemon sit within an exotic fruit fusion of mango straps, passionfruit and guava. Light Japanese herb powder, a hint of green tea and ginger perfumed candle wax add to this aromatic experience. PALATE A juicy, plump core with fine powdery tannins surrounds the palate which is somehow succulent and juicy, yet savoury and dry all at once. Subtle notes of blackcurrant, violets and savoury old oak linger.
Winemaker 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 at 26% is a clear influence 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 mostly older, large format French oak for 11 months before blending, followed by a further 2.5 months to harmonise and refine before bottling. This is a fresh, perfumed and elegant Sauvignon Blanc.
Production Notes
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drink from now until 2029
Harvest Date
23 February - 11 March
100% old French oak (66% puncheon and barrique, 34% foudre) 11 months 2.5 months blended and finished pre-bottling
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
31 May 2023
Vintage Notes

A cool, winter-like spring saw vine growth delayed in development. Rainfall in October was significant. A dry and warm summer, with sustained warmth day and night through December, January and February, possibly influenced by another La Niña season, saw a rapid ripening period for all white varieties, with all vineyards harvested in little over a month. Fruit quality was excellent with surprising delicacy and elegance. A low yielding vintage, primarily due to spring conditions over the past two years. Warm and rapid veraison for whites in January was ideal. Vine health remains fantastic, with fruit quality high and flavours concentrated.

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  • 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. (V21)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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