2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC
Handmade - Wild Yeast Ferment - Unfined - No Enzyme Added
No Acid Added - Barrel Aged on Lees
Vineyard ~ Eurangie Park, King Valley
Sourced from uppermost vineyard in the King Valley, the Eurangie Park Vineyard is approximately 6km further up the valley past the village of Cheshunt and is run by one of the best in the game, Richard Carson. Paul has had a relationship with Richard dating back some 20+ years, when we decided we wanted to make a premium low intervention, single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Richards name was top of the list. The cool site along with Richards expert hand in the vineyard allows the grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavours whilst retaining good natural acidity.
As with all wines released under the Nomads Garden range input from us in the winery was kept to an absolute minimum. Instead careful attention was paid to working closely with Richard the grower and ensuring the grapes were picked at exactly the right moment to ensure the natural pH and the flavours were just right.
Picked in the cool of the night then given 7 hours on skins before gentle pressing straight to seasoned French oak barriques ranging between 4-7 years old. Oak of this age will impart very little, if any oak characteristics, instead we believe they are the best vessel for wines to ferment and age in. Oak is a natural product that allows the wines breath and evolve with time, something not possible with stainless steel tanks. Natural wild yeast fermentation began within a couple of days, a slow cool ferment then progressed over 3 weeks with temperature not allowed to rise above 18c as to retain aromatics.
Once fermentation was complete the Sauvignon Blanc was allowed 12 months to rest in barrel on its lees (lees are the solids that drop and of the wine post fermentation) to create texture. During this period barrels were stirred 8 times to build texture without overworking what we want to be a fresh wine. The wine was then lightly filtered and bottled, before been given at least 3 months post bottling to settle.