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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 2010

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010
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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.

Bright pale straw.
Complex and inviting with a mix of lime rind, white melon and honeysuckle complemented by gun smoke and talc.
Tight, juicy and textured with ginger and lemon flavours, a touch of savoury oak and balanced by chalky natural acidity, a creamy texture and a fine, long finish.
58% sauvignon blanc, 42% semillon.
Drink now to 2020.
Food Pairing Notes
Freshly caught and pan seared pink snapper served with a blend of steamed white and green asparagus, fresh tarragon and butter sauce.
The Vineyard
The Estate 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 2010 harvest in Margaret River continues a run of excellent vintages, again marked by a very dry and mild summer with below average rainfall and cooler than average night time temperatures. The only significant rainfall for the vintage period was not until mid-April after all the fruit had been harvested ensuring an excellent ripening period with fruit retaining pristine varietal flavours, great concentration and intensity.
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a wine that makes itself in the vineyard. We simply ferment the three different sections of the vineyard in French oak barriques (30% new) to help build and define individual characters. 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, 7.5 g/l total acidity, 3.18 pH.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer

Here comes another benchmark Wallcliffe, at once seductively seamless and silky and at
the same time bracingly structured. Fermented in one-third new French oak barrels, it’s a captivating interplay of remarkable complexity, encased in a beautifully polished and seamless shell, spanning coffee beans, capsicum, hazelnuts, preserved lemon, even linden blossom. The palate is the epitome of honed restraint, remarkable poise and lively energy, held firmly in place with deep-set acid grip and a finish that never seems to end.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

Ray Jordan

One of the finest examples of this style from Margaret River. Shows excellent use of oak and some funky yeast to create a wine of texture and complexity that takes the standard model of unoaked SBS into the deluxe category. Has been modified over the years and is now a much more defined version of those earlier models and yet has al the deep fruit intensity to support cellaring.

The Australian Wine Annual 2013

Jeremy Oliver

Beautifully seamless and complex, this lean, elegant and tihgtly focused expression of this oak-fermented style reveals a lightly smoky bouquet of white flowers, gooseberries and lychees backed by hints of waxiness and spice.

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