2018 Third Reef Sauvignon Blanc

$22

AWARDS

92 points & Special Value – James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

COLOUR

Brilliant pale straw

NOSE

Elegant bouquet of gooseberries and guava with a hint of herbaceous notes

PALATE

A true cool climate Sauvignon Blanc, this wine features well-integrated natural acidity and fresh varietal flavours of pea pod and herbal characteristics with intriguing complexity. The wine’s stunning acidity lifts the freshness of flavours and supports a long, flinty crisp finish

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Description

WINEMAKING

Part of the winemaking process was to preserve the fragile flavours and aromas of this variety. The grapes were harvested during the cool nights of vintage to keep the fruit in good condition and retain the flavours and aromas. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, the juice was kept at 15┬░C to force the yeast to ferment slowly. Several yeast strains were used to create different flavours and mouth feel favourable to Sauvignon Blanc. Post fermentation, the wines were racked off lees to preserve their clean and crisp characteristics

FOOD PAIRING

Freshly shucked oysters with fresh chilli, lemon dressing. The complex Sauvignon Blanc aroma is lifted by the fresh mineral flavours of the oyster. The fleshy texture and slight acidity of both amalgamate to pronounce the body of the wine

VINTAGE NOTES

Starting the season, good rain events produced strong growth, canopies and budburst flowing to excellent yields and creating one of the best vintages in a decade. Progressing to a long cool summer providing the slow steady ripening of fruit that gives us the intense flavour and acidity that we hope and dream for every vintage. All areas of the Great Southern were gifted this incredible season and all the Rockcliffe vineyards looking superb

QUICK NOTES

VINTAGE
2018

WINEMAKERS
Michael Ng, Elysia Harrison

GRAPE VARIETY
Sauvignon Blanc

GROWING AREA
Great Southern

ALC %/VOL
12.5%

TITIRATABLE ACIDITY
7.1 g/L

pH
3.28

CELLAR POTENTIAL
5-7 years

OAK
NA

MATURATION
NA