Cordon Cut Semillon
In 2017 we took a chainsaw to the cordon of 12 rows of Semillon at the peak of flavour ripeness in early April. Six weeks later, the flavour and sugar had intensified and concentrated, so we hand-picked the shriveled fruit and the juice was pressed out and fermented in the tank, then matured in French oak for 5 months before bottling.
A dry winter and fleeting spring was followed by a warm growing season with welcome rainfall in December and January leading to full, healthy canopies enabling excellent yields and great flavour development.
Brilliant pale gold.
Concentrated flavours of lime marmalade, floral honey and toffee apple. The intensity of the fruit is carried by a seamless balance of sweetness and natural, lively acidity.
Whilst ready to drink now, this wine will gain in complexity over the next five to eight years.