"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 2015

The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a timeless classic blend taking inspiration from the great bordelaise white wines.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, light-handedly supported by our most respectful choice of French oak.

Appearance
Bright yellow with golden hues.
Nose
A refined nose displaying a flower bouquet of frangipani, orange blossom and almond.
Palate
The distinguished and well-structured palate starts with a creamy texture reminiscent of fresh fruit tarts, featuring stone fruits nectarine and plum, and lifted by notes of lemon sorbet. So inviting!
Blend
Sauvignon Blanc 66%, Semillon 34%
Cellaring
To be enjoyed now or if you can cellar it, it will also evolve beautifully in the next 10 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Seafood platter or risotto.
The Vineyard
Our best blocks of sauvignon and semillon are planted on free draining lateritic gravel with a layer of clay appearing at variable depth. The parcels are spur and cane pruned to strict vertical shoot positioning, the sauvignon berries are 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
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to the years-end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid 30’s during the last week. The nights remained cool through summer, favouring delicate floral and white fruit flavours especially in the chardonnays and sauvignons. The 2015 sauvignons show intense varietal characters and honeysuckle notes, the semillons have beautiful weight and texture: 2015 was certainly a very good white vintage in Margaret River!
Winemaking
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon starts with a selection of the best parcels of fruit in the vineyard. The 2015 was carefully machine harvested at night to best preserve the fruit freshness while macerating the skins lightly and gently pressed, then fermented in a combination of French oak barrels (20% new oak), stainless steel barrels and small unlined concrete egg-shaped tank. The wine was aged unsulfured and untouched on lees for 10 months with no stirring or racking. A selection of the best barrels are blended just prior to bottling to make the wine which most accurately reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
Analysis
13.5% alcohol, 6.87 g/l total acidity, 3.13 pH
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