The majority of the fruit came from the cooler southern half of the region, including our Crossroads and Chapman vineyards. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel.
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!
When harvesting Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon the emphasis is placed on capturing vibrant fresh flavours with clean acidity. Fruit is harvested at night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with 8% of the blend fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques. The wine was assembled after four months on lees and bottled in July 2015.
12.5% alcohol, 6.9 g/l total acidity, 3.14 pH.
Top 100 White & Sparkling Wines 2016
Such an intense and vibrant blended white. You hear a lot about Cape Mentelle’s reds but they make mighty good whites and this cracking good wine is the perfect example. Precise. Fresh and punchy through to the long finish.
Very light colour; young and fresh on the nose, with straw and snowpea hints. It's deliciously juicy, quite intense and very young on the palate. Good palate intensity and length as well as fragrance: an exemplary SBS blend.
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