There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015

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

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2007

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2007

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.

Pale straw.
Lemon pith, spice and almond kernel in the foreground with flinty nuances and slight gunsmoke.
he palate is focussed with lemon, lime and minerally flavours. The mid palate has a delicate texture, which is underpinned by structural and balanced acidity.
Sauvignon blanc 54 %, semillon 46%.
Drink now to 2015.
Food Pairing Notes
Freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters with blood orange and mint salsa.
The Vineyard
he Wallcliffe Vineyard was established on a ridge of free draining lateritic “ironstone” gravel between 1970 and 1972. Sauvignon blanc and semillon were grafted onto shiraz vines in the early 1980’s. The vines are therefore amongst the oldest of these varieties in Margaret River but their roots are even older. The vines are cane pruned and the canopy vertically positioned for optimal air and light penetration.
The Season
2007 was one of the earliest recorded vintages in Margaret River. The season was marked by a warm dry growing season, which combined with excellent vine health to produce full flavoured, concentrated white wines with great aromatic intensity and lively fresh palates.
Each vintage the unique characters of the Wallcliffe Vineyard have overidden any variations in winemaking technique, leading us to adopt a very simple aproach to making this wine. The bunches are hand picked, whole-bunch pressed and the juice allowed to undergo natural fermentation in Bordeaux coopered French oak barriques, around one third of which are new. After seven months on yeast lees, a selection of the best barrels are then blended to make the wine which most accurately reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
13% alcohol, 7.42 g/l total acidity, 3.09 pH.
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