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2010 Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2010 Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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"Fragrant tropical fruits, nettle, fine oak and a tightly round palate that is both complex and refreshing..." James Halliday

The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a tiny production from our original Wallcliffe Vineyard established in 1970 in Margaret River. The wine represents the vagaries of climate, individuality of site, the complementary characters of the two varieties and a restrained yet evocative winemaking approach. This wine will evolve to produce different characters and complexity over time and will benefit from medium term cellaring.

Hay colour, golden hue, slight green edges.
Complex and inviting with a mix of preserved lime, lemongrass, light honey, guava, green mango complemented by gun smoke and talc.
Tight and juicy showing flavours of lemon pannacotta, slight grapefruit pith, lime peel, almond kernel with a touch of savoury oak and balanced by chalky natural acidity, a creamy texture and a fine, long finish.
58% sauvignon blanc, 42% semillon.
Drink now to 2025.
Food Pairing Notes
Freshly caught and pan seared pink snapper served with a blend of steamed white and green asparagus, fresh tarragon and butter sauce.
The Vineyard
The Estate 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 Season
The 2010 harvest in Margaret River continues a run of excellent vintages, again marked by a very dry and mild summer with below average rainfall and cooler than average night time temperatures. The only significant rainfall for the vintage period was not until mid-April after all the fruit had been harvested ensuring an excellent ripening period with fruit retaining pristine varietal flavours, great concentration and intensity.
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a wine that makes itself in the vineyard. We simply ferment the three different sections of the vineyard in French oak barriques (30% new) to help build and define individual characters. A selection of the best barrels are then blended to make the wine which most accurately reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
13% alcohol, 7.5 g/l total acidity, 3.18 pH.

Wine Companion

James Halliday

Bright straw-green, showing the hallmarks of a complex, layered and meticulously detailed blend inspired by the best the Bordelaise can muster; fragrant tropical fruits, nettle, fine oak and a tightly round palate that is both complex and refreshing; long, layered and impeccable There is a strong streak of juicy fruit that adds further to the appeal of a high quality wine, some savoury nuances to provide contrast.


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