This is our ‘princess’ white and we adore it as do our friends, family and peers. It is the great white wine of McLaren Vale and this vintage has impressed us immensely with its purity of flavour and drinkability.
2016 was almost a perfect year for everything due to late winter and early spring rains with constant flowering cross all varieties which set the foundation for an excellent ripening period and harvest. We experienced some late summer rains which slowed down the ripening process pushing the harvest back into late summer and the temperatures overall were mild and consistent for a ‘berry developing year’ rather than a ‘vine stress year’ right up until harvest.
Tasting the fruit on the vine, from early in the ripening season, the flavours were more prominent and developed than previous years.
This wine has more fragrance than previous years as the aromas and flavours are dominated with lifted rose petals, pink grapefruits and sweet soft lemon rind.
The flavours this year are more concentrated, deep and have a longer intensity. Upon tasting it and the mouth feels softer, almost silky in comparison to previous vintages. The fruit and acidity balance this year is almost seamless without losing its zingy citric, sea breeze minerality which is what this variety is about. It screams out to you summer, outdoor meals, picnics and beach side leisure.
This variety originates from the Mediterranean islands of Corsica & Sardinia of which sardines and freshly shucked oysters makes up a significant part of the local diet. Vermentino in recent times has been planted and produced in Tuscany but traditionally on the main-land along the Ligurian Coast-Line of Italy of which is the spiritual home of Italy’s beach culture and Pesto; one of the world’s favourite sauces in Italian cuisine.
So here is a wine with its roots drawn from hot summer days at the beach, fresh grilled fish, cod, tuna, shell fish, goat and sheep dairy, smoked meats, freshly picked thyme and basil …. “Got the idea!”
Rated 92 points.
Rich, sweet plum and blackberry flavours come folded with coffee grounds and chocolate. It’s a tried and true formula and it’s executed well here. Tannin slips a firm noose around it all. Big Red drinkers will like what they find here.
Campbell Mattinson – Published on 06 Oct 2016
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‘The white wine that stole everyone’s heart, a variety with Italian tradition now gaining notice’ – Tony Love, The Advertiser -2013