700 CASES PRODUCED
The remote, isolated Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling vineyard planted by Stephanie in 2001, sits in the north eastern corner of the Clare Valley’s Watervale subregion, on the very edge of the highly prized red soil over limestone.
Since ACO organic certification in 2012, Stephanie has produced beautifully flavoured and balanced wines from this hand-tended vineyard without the need to add acidity or finings; hence the vegan and vegetarian friendly status. This year’s release exhibits flavour intensity and minerality, however, due to very low rainfall in the preceding winter, production is very low.
Youthful lime green which will develop in time.
196 CASES PRODUCED
Just a few hundred metres to the north east of the estate riesling vineyard lies the Mount Horrocks planting of semillon. The soil is weaker; the profile rockier. Maintaining finesse in semillon is an art, starting with vineyard site selection (semillon can be heavy bearing in deeper soils). The grape bunches from this vineyard are small, especially in a low-yielding season. Such was the case in 2018.
The result? A bright, lemony, intense and fresh wine; a hint of spice and creamy texture reflecting its time in French oak barriques. Stephanie believes this is “one of the best”.
Impressively light gold in colour. Vibrantly fruited (and pale) for a barrel-aged white, displaying textured and layered lemon fruit and spicy oak, with a touch of creamy lees complexity. Great acid balance and impressive length of flavour – richness and depth without being the least bit over the top.
Enjoy with or without food, and if with, something that allows the wine to shine such as grilled snapper.
PRAISE FOR THE 2017
2019. A small make (196 dozen) but a good one. The oak is 100% balanced and integrated,
500 CASES PRODUCED
This is the 27th vintage, with production a mere 500 dozen due to seasonal conditions. Made by a complex, highly risky process requiring both skill and experience, the underlying principle is that the vine canes are completely severed, and the grape bunches are left to
Pale white gold.
PRAISE FOR THE 2018
Striking gold-green; the chemistry tells part of the story (161g/l residual sugar). The expected
130 CASES PRODUCED
This wine, the third release of Stephanie’s delicious Provencal-style dry rose, shows what can be done with a straight-forward but strictly no-compromise approach to making wine. Made from shiraz grown at her Alexander Vineyard, it is organic, unfined, vegan and vegetarian friendly and delicious!
The juice is allowed just two hours skin contact time to get that beautiful blushing pink hue and a little extra flavour. Fermented dry, this wine looks and tastes of spring. Ideal over lunch, or as Stephanie says “the perfect afternoon tea wine”.
Blushing pink – a little deeper this year.
|SPRING – SUMMER 2019 NEWSLETTER
EDITOR: DARREN JAHN
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