Clare Hills Clare Valley Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018 By Neil Pike
CLASSIC PREMIUM SSB FROM ONE OF AUST'S MOST DECORATED CLARE VALLEY WINEMAKERS
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars.
- NEW RELEASE CLASSIC SAUV BLANC SEM
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY BY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- PRODUCER OF TROPHY WINNING RIESLING RATED 97 POINTS HALLIDAY
- NOMINATED FOR GOURMET WINE TRAVELLER, WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR
Pale green/straw in appearance and has gentle tropical fruits with some subtle herbal characteristics playing a supporting role. There is also a little stone fruit and a some of our regional flinty/slatey character in the mix as well. The palate is fresh, crisp and dry with a little texture kicking in at the end giving the wine some extra length and backbone.
The vintage was shaped by a typically cool winter and spring, but with below average rainfall. Timing of budburst and flowering were pretty much normal and harvest commenced on 14th February for us. We experienced above average temperatures during January, but February and March were quite mild with no extended periods of heat, receiving virtually no rain in either month. The 2018 vintage will be seen as another really good vintage in Clare and is possibly comparable to recent quality years such as 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007.
The grapes for this wine were both machine and hand harvested, then transported to the winery, crushed, chilled and pressed as soon as possible prior to the juice being clarified by cold settling. It was then inoculated with a neutral, pure yeast culture and fermentation carried out in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks for on average 25-30 days. The wine was stabilised, blended and then filtered prior to bottling in July 2018.
Clare Valley, South Australia
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