2017 Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
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The fruit for this wine was grown in the higher altitude, cool climate vineyards situated in the coastal region of Denmark, Western Australia – a blend of 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc.
Only the finest, more “pristine”, free-run juice was used resulting in a wine of outstanding elegance and purity, free from any harsh, phenolic characters associated with grape skins.
A third of each variety was fermented and left on lees in large 500 litre French oak puncheons for six weeks and then blended back with the cool fermented tank portion, introducing a subtle creamy texture and savoury complexity.
Minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate blend.
A brilliant, very pale straw colour with youthful green hues.
An intense, pungent nose combining the aromatic quince and lemons of Semillon with the vibrant gooseberry and herbaceous snow pea of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.
The intensity of the nose is reflected in the seamless purity of the palate. Mouth-watering citrus fruits are balanced by hints of more tropical passionfruit.
An underlying flinty complexity is complemented by the subtle texture of french oak and a long, lingering finish of crisp grapefruit acidity.