There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Wallcliffe
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

An individual expression of the stunning fruit hand picked from the mature, low yielding vines of our original Wallcliffe Vineyard. This wine captures the unique synergy of site, vintage and varieties to create a layered and complex wine with defined varietal characters and exceptional vibrancy.

Vintage Notes
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Vintage
2006
Type
White

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006

The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a tiny production from our original Wallcliffe Vineyard established in 1970 in Margaret River. The wine represents the vagaries of climate, individuality of site, the complementary characters of the two varieties and a restrained yet evocative winemaking approach. This wine will evolve to produce different characters and complexity over time and will benefit from medium term cellaring.

Appearance
Pale straw.
Nose
Aromas of lemongrass, citrus blossom, lychee, coriander and wet slate.
Palate
The fresh citrus fruit characters of the nose transfer seamlessly to the palate, with some white fleshed nectarine and subtle smoke characters also evident. The palate is tight and focused complementing the creamy texture derived from wild yeast barrel fermentation and leads to long bright and expressive finish.
Blend
66% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Semillon.
Cellaring
From release until 2014.
Food Pairing Notes
Barbequed King George whiting with caramelised Spanish onion, pine nuts, dill and chives.
The Vineyard
he Wallcliffe Vineyard was established on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel between 1970 and 1972. Sauvignon blanc and semillon were grafted onto shiraz vines in the early 1980’s and today produce the distinctive fruit for the Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
The Season
The 2006 vintage in Margaret River was a challenging vintage for many reasons. It was a cool vintage with a late budburst and restricted early shoot growth due to a cool and dry 2005 spring. When some warm weather arrived in November shoot growth accelerated producing strong healthy canopies with moderate crops. The summer months proved to be unseasonally mild with occasional light rain. The result of the mild conditions was a harvest delayed by up to four weeks across all varieties, the latest vintage recorded in the regions forty years of viticultural experience.
Winemaking
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a wine that makes itself in the vineyard. Simply fermenting the different plots individually in French oak barriques helps to build and define individual characters. A selection of the best barrels are then blended to make the wine that best reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
Analysis
12.5% alcohol, 6.9 g/l total acidity, 3.22 pH.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

February /March 2009
95

The big gun of Mentelle’s trio of sav-sems, showing fresh French oak, salad-herbs and a kind of balsamic wild-yeast lift. The barrel aromas dominate slightly. It’s very powerful, concentrated and rich with lovely balance in the mouth.

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