Grown at Westgate Vineyard, site of some of our best Shiraz grapes. We convinced the owner to pull out cabernet and plant 3 rows of Marsanne and one each of Roussanne and Viognier. Crazily, it is the only Marsanne and Roussanne in the region. 2017 is now the 8th vintage of this wine, and again all varieties were picked and pressed together, settled overnight and then racked to and allowed to ferment with wild yeasts in very old French puncheons and barriques. The wine was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation, which I think makes the wine more vinous, delicate and less fruity. Almost paradoxically the malo contributes to the transparency and unforced feel of the wine without sacrificing line. It is held on gross lees for a full 11 months, and is neither cold stabilised nor fined in any way, and in 2017 we decided to bottle it without any filtration whatsoever. Mid weight, with a gentle grip to close. Leaner but more intense than 2016, possibly closest to 2011 in style, but with more malo character.
"The three varieties are grown, harvested and fermented together, with an approximate 60/20/20% blend. The juice was fermented in very old French oak, followed by mlf. There was so little intervention it easily crossed the bridge to natural wine (the deep colour a guide), with texture and structure the highlights." - James Halliday, 93 points, Wine Companion.
Vine age 10yrs
Total acidity 5.6g/l
270 dozen produced
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