A sophisticated, pure and expressive interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend with enticing minerality and savoury undertones.
A cool dry spring delayed vine development by 2-3 weeks, allowing time to open canopies which paid off come veraison. December, January and February brought consistent dry and warm conditions which saw vine development catch up nicely. Yields and bunch weights were a highlight, with fruit displaying beautiful balance. Ideal mild conditions allowed Chardonnay to develop bright acidity and sound flavour ripeness. March brought three small rain incidents, the most significant of which occurred post white harvest. Cool evenings and moderate daytime temperatures with afternoon sea breezes were ideal for gentle, consistent tannin ripening in our reds which maintained dense flavour. Low Marri Blossom presence resulted in the largest netting program since 2019, with bird pressure at a high during harvest. Overall, vineyard plots have shown excellent balance with more fruit and canopy, reflecting vine health and minimal heat stress from a milder season.
A lot more going on here than many other SBS blends from the region this vintage, and that’s no BS either. Lots of citrus and distinct lime oil characters, some pastry (presumably from part of the wine being barrel fermented) with a lovely texture, all slippery, creamy with a little phenolic grip. A good drink without overcomplicating things. V22
Light straw-yellow colour. Pome fruit, smoke and bush honey aromatics. A fuller expression of this blend, with a weight of fruit and smoky savoury undertones. Good length and drive with acidity keeping it clean throughout and a phenolic fuzz drying the finish. Food would enhance it further. (v20)
Lemon-essence aroma, simple and pronounced. The wine is bright and pleasantly citrusy on palate, with intensity and length, straightforward and clean finishing. The aftertaste is firm, dry and lip-smacking. V22