The fruit comes from the perfectly suited cooler southern half of the Margaret River region, from our three vineyards of Wallcliffe, Crossroads and Chapman Brook. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel. The vines are vertically trained, spur or cane-pruned with canopy manicuring to allow good air flow and dappled sunlight on the fruit.
Following a beautiful and promising flowering, the summer was mild and our vineyards were fully dry-grown. From record wet winter and spring in 2016, the 2017 season started with water refill levels very high. The cool nights and mild days provided the perfect growing conditions for delicate aromas, lower alcohol and fine acid balance in whites but delayed the harvest by three to four weeks on all varieties. Harvest finally started at Cape Mentelle on February 28th, with more generous than expected yields across all the vineyards in the Margaret River region. This was not a vintage to pick by the numbers or by recipe, each micro-climate and parcel behaving independently within the vineyard.
When harvesting sauvignon blanc and Semillon, the emphasis is placed on capturing vibrant, fresh flavours with bright acidity. Fruit is harvested at night and in the early hours of the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. In the winery, extended fermentation took place at very low temperatures in stainless steel tanks with approximately 2% of the blend fermented in oak.
11.7% alcohol, 7.2 g/l total acidity, 3.00 pH