Why? Because we can….
Following on from the success of Tangerine Dream I have become quite interested in the concept of fuller bodied whites. This represents a more traditional approach, whole bunch basket pressed and straight to barrel for fermentation and maturation on gross lees. Because we picked later for riper spectrum flavours it is the Roussane that gives the freshness and acidity while the Riesling plays a juicier, fruitier role.
Colour: Yellow/gold, unfined or filtered.
Aroma: Honeysuckle, tropical fruit, grapefruit pith, medicinal eucalypt lollies, lots going on.
Palate: Fresh and juicy up front leading to quite a broad midpalate with the furniture showing up on the back to add length.
Summary: A robust wine like this needs something that can match it in palate weight, butter chicken perhaps.
Region: 100% Barossa Valley, South Australia
Variety: 60% Riesling, 40%Roussanne
Alcohol / Vol: 13.7%
Production: 60 cases
Riesling and roussanne, co-fermented, oh some marsanne in there as well a bit. Textural white, juicy in a way with some skinsy pucker and chew in the mix. Good core of limey, salty acidity and green apple fruitiness. Has body and length, lots of freshness and yet breadth. Delightful expression. 92 Points
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2022