"The wines made here reflect their origins and regionality

and are consistently among the finest from the region.

The cabernet reaches exceptional heights”

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
 

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.

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Type
White

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014

The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a timeless classic blend taking inspiration from the great white Bordeaux. In Margaret River, both varieties find a rare and complementary expression: while the Sauvignon is intensely fruity but also focused and mineral, the Semillon is generous and textural. The winemaking approach relies on the selection of our most exceptional fruit and is mostly hands-off to showcase the terroir and the vintage expression, supported by our most respectful choice of French oak.

Appearance
Very light hay with green hues.
Nose
Classic yet already intense and complex despite its youth with notes of cassis bud liquor, rockmelon, dried figs and rain-wet leaves with notable flintiness.
Palate
The attack is slightly saline and accompanied by notes of melon and lemon. The mouth then reveals its amplitude with delicate bread crust and biscuit characters supported by slightly pithy pink grapefruit that carries throughout and lifts the finish. The natural fresh acidity, already balanced by the tactile texture and complexity of flavors, will allow the wine to build even more length and structure through several years of aging.
Blend
Sauvignon Blanc 62%, Semillon 38%
Cellaring
Drink through many years to enjoy the evolution, from 5 to at least 15 years.
Food Pairing Notes
A real food wine, the Wallcliffe Sauvignon Semillon will keep your wine aficionado friends talking for hours, especially if paired with an artisanal cheese board, quince paste and nuts. We also recommend Japanese tempura as a natural match and, for the most adventurous, a whole fresh salmon baked in a grey salt crust.
The Vineyard
Our best blocks of Sauvignon and Semillon were planted on free draining lateritic gravel with a layer of clay appearing at variable depth. The parcels are spur and canned pruned to strict VSP, the Sauvignon being lightly shaded by the canopy to retain all its freshness while the Semillon is allowed more sun exposure to develop its ripe lemon aromas and distinguished texture.
The Season
Margaret River experienced amongst the warmest vintage on record and on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. White varieties were all harvested in a rush and look fantastic with the fruit all in the winery by the end of February. Flavours are bright and fresh with natural acidity high and in good balance with the fruit intensity. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
Winemaking
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon starts with a selection of the best batches in the vineyard. The 2014 was carefully harvested by hand, gently pressed and 100% fermented in French oak barrels, by about 50% wild yeasts, 50% selected strains. The wine was aged on lees for 7 months with some stirring to develop texture and complexity. A selection of the best barrels is blended just prior to bottling to make the wine which most accurately reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
Analysis
13% alcohol 7.6 g/l total acidity 3.08pH

The West Australian Wine Guide 2017

Ray Jordan
92

One of the most distinctive wines made in Maragret River. It displays such richness and depth of fruit, with oak playing and important part. Beautiful mix of lemon zest and vanilla with stone fruit and orange zest swirling through it. Has been refined from the earlier versions to the current style while losing nothing in fruit weight and complexity. Love the style with a few years of age on it.

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James Suckling
90

Dense and layered with dried apple and lemon character and some chalk. Medium body, solid core of fruit and a fresh finish. Phenolic tension. Screw cap. Drink now

Campbell Mattinson

The Wine Front
94

"Stylish example of this famed regional blend. It’s both steely and cuddly at once. Grapefruit into thistles into tropical fruit, with woodsmoke and gravel characters joining in the chorus. Excellent body and weight, topped off with plenty of linger through the finish. Excellent drinking right now, though no hurry."

 
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