This wine is immediately inviting on the nose with an open, expressive fruit profile. It leads with a fine citric note which in-turn moves into grapefruit, white stone fruit and green melon. Underlying this fruit is a wave of savoury characters. The hallmark Crawford River chalk is here alongside delicate almond, stone-like mineral and creamy macadamia. The palate is soft and supple, textured and silken with a fine acid line that drives the palate, front to back. The length of flavour, intensity and complexity are highlights of this wine as it lingers and further evolves in the glass. Sure to last long into the future, but an utter pleasure to drink now.
Belinda believes this style is greatly nuanced by the soil on which it grows. When we planted this block in 1994, drilling of the posts was necessary due to the dry year and fossilised sea shells with chalky limestone came up from below the ironstone topsoil! 100% Whole bunch pressed to tank with no additions, chilled and racked the next day to barrel. No additions are made to this juice which is left to naturally ferment in its own time. It spends around 11 months in majority older oak, after which it is blended to tank where it spends another 6 months settling – and perhaps undergoing some malolactic fermentation if it feels like it. Belinda thinks there is a terrific balance of fruit, texture and oak – which she thinks must be present, without being overt.