Wines - 2014 Devote Sparkling Vermentino
It’s no secret that we have a thing for our good friend Vermentino. That variety that conjures up an image of feasting on bare feet on warm grass or sand, feasting on grilled seafood with a glass of Sardinia’s favourite grape variety in hand. Ohhhh yes. How do you beat that? You put bubbles in it that’s how. Produced in the traditional method of secondary fermentation in bottle this is the baby you reach for if you’ve got something to celebrate — like finishing work or waking up on a Saturday morning or something like that. Mid straw/yellow in the glass with a fine, energetic bead of bubbles rising to the surface of the glass with generous, ripe fruit aromas of lemon, grapefruit, juicy stone-fruits and pear. Below lie hints of creme fraiche, marzipan, tea-cake, lemon curd with lighter notes of anise and white flowers.
In the mouth the vibrant bubbles cleanse the palate and raise the spirit. Flavours of citrus again come to the fore — pithy lemon and grapefruit predominately along with juicy white peach, nectarine, nashi pear and a splash of crunchy green apple. Hints of soft spice, lemon curd, clotted cream, marzipan, freshly cut fennel and gingerbread come into play also. Vivacious in its line across the palate, the fruit has a sense of richness that is pulled into place by a line of crisp, stony acidity as the wine finishes clean and long on the back palate with a flourish of citrus, pear and soft sultry spice. Great drinking, whatever the occasion.
The grapes were handpicked on 17th February at 10.5 baume, crushed and pressed, and cold fermented to maintain maximum fruit freshness. This wine was then filtered prior to second fermentation in bottle, and spent 6 months on yeast lees prior to disgorgement.
Only 1300 Bottles produced
Disgorged Dec 18th 2014
pH – 3.10
TA – 8.1g/L
RS – 4.4g/L
Alc – 11.0 %
Winemaker: Michael Papps
The grapes were grown on the outskirts of Light Pass. The vines were planted in 2006 by the Mader Family and possible are the first plantings of Vermentino in the Barossa.