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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
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Vintage
2011
Type
White

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011
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SKU: WSBS2011

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
White melon, lemon rind, orange blossom, fresh brioche and a touch of savoury spice.
Palate
Bright and concentrated flavours including lime, star fruit and gun smoke balanced by a tight minerally structure with incredible length and intensity.
Blend
61% sauvignon blanc, 39% semillon.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2021.
Food Pairing Notes
Pan seared scallop served with crispy pork belly.
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 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry and early and continued an excellent run of recent vintages. Warm nights and above average daily temperatures throughout the growing season led to very early ripening across all varieties with harvest commencing earlier than any of the last five vintages. Bright acidity and abundant flavour are the result of an outstanding early and warm vintage.
Winemaking
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 (35% 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.
Analysis
13% alcohol, 7.2 g/l total acidity, 3.09 pH.

The Australian Wine Annual 2014

Jeremy Oliver
95

RANKED #2 TOP SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON BLEND
Very focused and classy – an exceptional example of its style. Spicy, floral and coriander – like aromas of grapefruit, melon smoked meats and dried herbs reveal a hint of nettle and fresh nutty vanilla oak. It’s long and complete, with a vibrant, seamless expression of fruit and oak culminating in a mineral finish of refreshing lemony acids and a lingering hint of wet slate.

Wine Companion

James Halliday
94

This is the barrel-fermented version of the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, released well after the unwooded wine. This is a fine, juicy blend, the barrel ferment inputs well controlled, leaving the fruit flavours from the mature vines full scope to express themselves: ripe citrus almost extending into stone fruit, lychee, guava and gooseberry also in the sinuous finish.

The Age Epicure

Ralph Kyte-Powell
94

Complex nutty, yeasty, citrus, white stone fruit and savoury herbal aromas. Elegant structure and an ultra-long, lip-smacking finish.

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