Wines - 2013 YP Vermentino
Pale straw in colour with a fragrant lift to the citrus aromas that burst out of the glass. Pithy lemon, grapefruit, Granny Smith apples and a light waft of honey-dew melon further in the background. Jasmine and orange blossom provide the high tones with hints of lemon butter, ginger, creme fraiche, soft spice and a light tropical fruit nuance.
Plenty of pure, vibrant citrus fruits greet you when you take a sip. There’s a little more weight and texture in the mouth than previous releases but we’re loving how the 2013 has retained that crisp citrus zing and clarity of line that we have grown to love from this variety. Again pithy lemon and grapefruit flavours lead the charge on the palate with hits of crunchy apple and paw paw. Hints of clotted cream, soft spice, a light fleck of thyme and lemon myrtle, crushed stone and citrus blossom lift. It sits poised on a fulcrum with great tension and balance between the structural elements on the palate, all wrapped in a tight sheath of salivating acidity that drives the pure fruit characters along to a clean, invigorating finish.
This parcel of fruit was handpicked on 12th of February coming in at 11.9 baume.
The grapes were whole berry basket pressed, cold fermented for 15 days to maintain maximum fruit freshness and rested on yeast lees for four months. This wine has had minimal intervention to retain all purity, then gently filtered and blended prior to bottling.
Bottled – 4th October
pH – 3.17 TA – 8.0 Alc – 12.5%
Grown on the outskirts of Light Pass these vines were planted in 2006 by the Mader Family and possibly are the first plantings of Vermentino in the Barossa. Cropping at just over 3 tonnes per acre the vineyard was picked on the 12th February to obtain acid and freshness.
- 4.5/5 - Tony Love - Taste
- Steve Leszczynski - Qwine
- 92 points - Mike Bennie & Tyson Stelzer - WBM
- Mike Bennie & Tyson Stelzer - Barossa Living Winter 2014