The fruit for this wine was grown mainly on the upper terrace of Askerne Vineyard and is a blend of 85 % Semillon and 15 % Viognier.
The vines were harvested in mid to late May 2016 with bunches selected for a heavy botrytis infection. The fruit was handpicked, stomped and soaked for 24 hours before being pressed
The wine was fermented with inoculated yeasts and aged in Saury water bent barrels for 9 months (20% new).
TA 5.5 g/l
Residual sugar 126 g/l
Alcohol 11.5 %
Gold with flecks of green. Candied aromas of boiled sweets and citrus peel lead through to a honeyed tropical core of apricot and melon. A subtle waxy nuance-typical of Semillon-adds interest and complexity to the nose. The palate continues the theme of opulence with its peach syrup consistency kept in check by a crisp apple acid structure. This wine is a great option at the end of a meal with or instead of desert.
4 Stars Raymond Chan
5 Stars Wine Orbit