Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Pemberton Western Australia
With an abundance of clean water and healthy vines set against a backdrop of karri and jarrah forests, the picturesque Fonty's Pool vineyards are named after a huge dam built in the 1920s. Originally a vegetable farm which operated for over a century, the property was identified by the Cape Mentelle winemaking team as an outstanding site for growing wine grapes. A lively fruit driven style was achieved by handling the fruit with care and respect. Partial barrel fermentations and wild yeasts have enhanced the wine with texture and complexity.
Sauvignon Blanc from the Chinaman's and Valda blocks, grown to fertile karri loams and ironstone gravely loams associated with the native marri and jarrah eucalypts. The Semillon is grown on the more common and fertile karri loams that promote a more vigorous canopy. Harvested in the cool of the night, must is chilled prior to a gentle pressing, keeping the free run juices separate from the pressings, the first picks are skin contacted in the press for six hours. Cold settled before being racked then fermented between 14 and 18 degrees C. The barrel batches were lees stirred weekly prior to racking. Equal proportions of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with a tad of Chardonnay to fill out the palate. Alcohol 12.0%
Bright yellow and gold hues. Lively aromas and a touch of spicy oak. A vibrant intensity of passionfruit, ripe lemons and floral notes. Lively citrus acidity on the palate balances fresh passionfruit and red capsicum. Moderately weighted, a beautifully balanced palate with lemon and citrus, the texture is powdery and fine. A vigorous fruit filled finish, great length and clean aftertaste.