Oates Ends Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Five small parcels were hand harvested over two weeks to achieve balance and complexity. The grapes were crushed and allowed several hours of skin contact before direct pressing into 1 year old French oak barriques then allowed to naturally begin fermentation. Once fermentation was finished to dryness the wine spent 10 months resting in barrel on the fermentation lees with no sulphur added, to give softness and creaminess to the texture. Before bottling the barrels were blended with a small portion of wine that had been fermented cool in stainless steel tanks.

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This full bodied, complex style of Semillon Sauvignon blanc will match most foods, particularly those with layered flavours and spices. Although released ready to drink it will reward some long cool cellaring, gaining interesting waxy and lemon rind flavours with age.

Wine Specs
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Wilyabrup
Alcohol: 12%
pH: 3.15
Acidity: 7.3
Residual Sugar: dry
Bottling Date: 30th Nov 2017
Release Date: 16th Jan 2018

Tasting Note
The quintessential Margaret River blend brings the best of these two varieties to the fore. The 2017 combines the exotic passionfruit of Sauvignon blanc with a twist of classic lemon and lime citrus flavours and bracing acidity of Semillon. Fermentation and ageing on yeast lees in seasoned oak adds layer of creamy complexity and a light savoury note to the wine.

Winemaking
Five small parcels were hand harvested over two weeks to achieve balance and complexity. The grapes were crushed and allowed several hours of skin contact before direct pressing into 1 year old French oak barriques then allowed to naturally begin fermentation. Once fermentation was finished to dryness the wine spent 10 months resting in barrel on the fermentation lees with no sulphur added, to give softness and creaminess to the texture. Before bottling the barrels were blended with a small portion of wine that had been fermented cool in stainless steel tanks.

Vintage
The 2017 vintage was one of the coolest experienced. A long slow ripening allowed whites to maintain high levels of natural acidity and moderate alcohols. The combined cooler conditions in late January and early February delayed the harvest to a certain degree, but a run of fine weather allowed us to harvest the whites at full flavour ripeness, with the wines in more of a citrus spectrum than tropical fruit this vintage.

Cellaring and serving
This full bodied, savoury and complex style of Sauvignon blanc Semillon will match most foods, particularly those with layered flavours and spices. Although released ready to drink it will reward some long cool cellaring, gaining interesting waxy and lemon rind flavours with age, up to 10 years.

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Oates Ends Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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