2018 Vermentino – Adelaide Hills
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“They were in the cupboard,” said the giraffe when asked why she was sporting a pair of flimsy paper wings. The others thought her a little odd and dismissed her as usual, going on with their daily business of munching, belching and admiring each other’s spots. But she knew straight away that there was something not quite right about the fresh red dirt that casually laced her perfectly manicured toes.
Alcohol: 11.5% alc/vol
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The grapes were grown in the Kersbrook Vineyard which is located in the northern part of Adelaide Hills. In late February, the grapes were handpicked and then transported under cool conditions to the winery.
The wine was made in three separate batches. Two thirds of the grapes were immediately pressed aer hand sorting and split between a tank ferment for freshness and a barrel ferment for savoury edges. The rest of the grapes were hand sorted, destemmed and fermented on skins with regular plunging for four weeks to build up texture and spice and then pressed for maturation in old French barriques.
Grapefruit and lime with layers of meringue and green apple skin. The palate is textural and zesty with a touch of brine, dried orange peel and ginger nutmeg spice.
Barbequed squid, Fish & Chips with a proper pickled onion, sautéed garlic and green beans.
Pristine and delightfully lifted, the bouquet shows lemon peel, crunchy apple, oatmeal and subtle jasmine notes, followed by a brilliantly focused palate that’s concentrated and richly textured. It’s beautifully balanced and harmonious with a lengthy mouth-watering finish.
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– Sam Kim