SUMMER WILD FERMENT 2020
Sauvignon Blanc | Wild Ferment - Bright and refreshing. The wine paints a picture of freshly picked kiwi and yellow plums with the light aroma of morning mist precipitating on wet soil. Wild fermented with fruit hailing from cooler appellations, an attractive bouquet of lemongrass, citrus blossom, and almond skin persists.
On the palate, the wine demands attention with a briny texture, taut acidity and a trailing creaminess of old-fashioned lemon candy.
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The textured label is also a subtle hint to the wild fermented style of Sauvignon Blanc, which will already trigger the imagination and expectation of something a little different.
The wine is nuanced with a peppery character, white tea, lemongrass notes, and lovely citrus aromas. Freshly poured, the wine paints a picture of a basket filled with freshly picked kiwi and yellow plums.
The fruit is clean and welcoming, backed with a perpetual herbaceous note that blows off as the wine evolves in your glass, leaving a more delicate floral perfume.
A wild ferment often invites unusual aromas, toning the pungent lemongrass aromas with hints of spice and a creamy note of old-fashioned lemon candy.
Colour and intensity: medium lemon
Primary aromas: white pear, elderflower, chamomile, white flesh nectarine, green passion fruit, lemongrass, bay leaf, white pepper, green olives, grass sprouts.
Secondary: cheese rind, almond skin, dried thyme, wet soil, and forest floor.
Tertiary: none, the wine is youthful.
The wine has a medium-plus acidity, medium alcohol leaning over to the higher side, medium body, and medium flavour intensity. The same aromas on the nose are repeated on the palate, albeit more muted, with a more piercing lemony character and pithy aftertaste for a medium-plus finish. The piercing acidity is met with equally sturdy alcohol, although neither are out of kilter but balancing each other to help create the backbone of this wine. The wine’s length is built with cool and refreshing aromas poised on a textural, briny palate. The wine has a medium intensity, quite vivid on the nose but more austere in its youth on the palate. The same goes for concentration.
It is timid compared to more pronounced Sauvignon Blancs, but the wine will certainly tick the boxes as a food companion if the intent was a more restrained and textured wine. Be sure to serve an antipasti platter to compliment this wine. Or, if you want to go all out, serve it up with a clam, roast tomato, and dry martini risotto.