he Wallcliffe Vineyard was established on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel between 1970 and 1972. Sauvignon blanc and semillon were grafted onto shiraz vines in the early 1980’s and today produce the distinctive fruit for the Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
The 2006 vintage in Margaret River was a challenging vintage for many reasons. It was a cool vintage with a late budburst and restricted early shoot growth due to a cool and dry 2005 spring. When some warm weather arrived in November shoot growth accelerated producing strong healthy canopies with moderate crops. The summer months proved to be unseasonally mild with occasional light rain. The result of the mild conditions was a harvest delayed by up to four weeks across all varieties, the latest vintage recorded in the regions forty years of viticultural experience.
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a wine that makes itself in the vineyard. Simply fermenting the different plots individually in French oak barriques helps to build and define individual characters. A selection of the best barrels are then blended to make the wine that best reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
12.5% alcohol, 6.9 g/l total acidity, 3.22 pH.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
The big gun of Mentelle’s trio of sav-sems, showing fresh French oak, salad-herbs and a kind of balsamic wild-yeast lift. The barrel aromas dominate slightly. It’s very powerful, concentrated and rich with lovely balance in the mouth.
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