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.
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!
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.
13.5% alcohol, 6.87 g/l total acidity, 3.13 pH