2016 ‘Rolle’ Vermentino. 12.3% Alc. 200 dozen produced.
The Vermentino fruit used to produce this wine was sourced from a slight northern aspect of Gullyview vineyard. The vines are 10 years old and planted on red clay on limestone, ‘Terra Rosa’ soil. We hand picked the fruit on the 24th of February at around 11.5 baume. In the winery the fruit was 100% de-stemmed, and half pressed straight away, the other half left in the press for 24 hours before pressing. Both parcels where left in tank to settle off large solids overnight. The wine was then racked to a mix of old French oak and ceramic eggs for fermentation. Fermentation with indigenous yeast lasted around three weeks, the wine was then left to settle on full lees for six months. At this point all vessels where blended to tank where it sat on fine lees for a further three months. The wine was then racked, a small sulphur addition made and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Mike Bennie – The Winefront 93/100
Sandalwood, lemon balm, frangipani, really fragrant with a touch of savoury edge. Nice one. Lemony, long, fresh and just touched up with chalky tannins. It’s pretty bloody delicious, fine and frisky, interesting and great drinking.