About This Wine
As the label suggests, this is made from 100% Ashton Hills vineyard fruit. It comes from four clones: 57% from D5V12, 23% from Martini, 13% from 777 and 7% from MV6. The fruit is mostly destemmed via a small, customised destemmer that keeps as many whole berries as possible. The fruit is then basket pressed, naturally fermented, and the wine is raised without any sulphur additions until bottling. Some whole bunches are included, and the percentage varies according to the style of the vintage. The wine is mostly raised in aged, neutral French hogshead barrels, though unlike the wine above, the Estate sees roughly 20% new oak.
A step up in flesh and depth here on every level, colour, nose, and palate. It’s a textured fleshy wine with lots of sweet, strawberry fruit and that resinous, cool forest note that is so typical of these wines. Nice spicy close. Lovely.
The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. Because of this, many different varietals are planted here with the most dominant being Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It is generally thought of as a cooler region, especially when compared to neighbouring Barossa to the north and Mclaren vale and Langhorne Creek to the south.
NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been popular in Australia for a while now, but Adelaide hills Sauvignon Blanc (the most planted grape in the region) could be considered the Aussie Savvy Blanc. From www.adelaidehillswine.com.au about their Sauvignon Blanc: “Wines that are textured, edgy, vibrant and dry with exceptional fruit definition, length and crispness that marry superbly with summer seafood.”
You can also find some cool climate shiraz from the Adelaide hills, defying the more common big bold style that is usually seen in Australian Shiraz.
World Wine –
James Suckling – The nose here is characterized by boysenberries, fresh raspberries and rose petals. Medium to full body, fluid yet sturdy tannins, good acidity and a fresh finish. A nice Chinese herbal streak to this. Holds long. Drink now.
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