About This Wine
Winemaker Pete Schell's offbeat, savoury white blends don't make the same kind of splash in the media as his fêted Barossa and Eden Valley reds, but that doesn't exclude them from being some of Australia's most exciting wines. Acknowledging the potential of the Barossa's underappreciated old vine, dry-grown white parcels, Schell works with a gamut of vineyards uncommonly planted with Ugni Blanc and Semillon (65, 70 and 110 years of age), Vermentino, Roussanne, Muscat Blanc, Viognier and the like. The best parcels of each vintage go into this Lola blend, while the off cuts are bottled under the Miette label, and feed the Solana perpetual solera - nothing goes to waste here. his intriguing blend is always more about energy, structure and succulent texture than big fruit flavor, and it always benefits from food to show its true colours. Discussing the blend, Pete notes, "Semillon and Ugni blanc's strengths are their high natural acids, complex yet subtle herbal aromatics and fine structures. The Viognier and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains contribute texture, flesh and floral aromatics". On the winemaking side of things, each parcel of fruit is hand-harvested separately and chilled prior to handling. Grapes are crushed and macerated on stems and skins for between 4 and 10 hours, prior to pressing into stainless steel (approximately 70%) and old wood (30%); all fermentations were conducted with indigenous yeasts, approximately 20% also underwent natural malolactic fermentation.
|Varietal(s)||Semillon Ugni Blanc Viognier|
Barossa Valley Wine
The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.
A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.
Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.
World Wine – Formed from ugni blanc, clairette, viognier, muscat-a-petit grains, riesling. Mostly ugni blanc though. Old vines, low yields here. The wine was matured on lees for its life before bottling. This is delicious. It’s slippery in texture, fragrant and bursting with character. Honey, lemon blossom, pear, green apple in the bouquet, suggestively sweet, but not so to taste. Glides in the palate, shows depth of pear-like flavours, licks of oatmeal and sweet spice. Precise, but with a come hither drinking appeal. Lovely stuff.
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