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Somewhere near the Seaview end of McLaren Vale's Chapel Hill Road, a perfunctory passerine perched her pincers astride a pair of power poles and saw herself alit. Down she went amongst the dry grown branches of an old Grenache vineyard, setting the valuable veterans ablaze. The scorched site eventually came to the attention of a winemaking trio, the Messrs Leske, Tynan & Cooke, Masters of Wine and a venerable vintner, all driven by a consuming passion to make greater Grenache. Thistledown vintage very small amounts of the most extraordinary Grenache. Beautifully detailed and conspicuously elegant, their floral bouquets and graceful finish emulate the aromatic lift and peacock's tail of a prettily perfumed Pinot Noir. Magnificent to savour as a captivating aperitif, a bliss alongside fine cuisine, the Grenache of Thistledown represent an exquisite new direction in the evolving Aussie Grenache style... Polly & the pyre to paradise»

Fraser Gallop Semillon Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
Fraser Gallop aim to create a wine which has true elegance, fine texture and ample complexity as well as lively, fresh fruit character. Semillon is sourced from Wilyabrup where it can mature past the green, herbal notes to the riper spectrum of flavours such as lemongrass and quince. Sauvignon Blanc comes from the cooler sub region of Karridale, an area which produces finer, more elegant berries with fresher flavours. The classic Margaret River white style, eminently drinkable upon release, a wine which is more than just simple fruit flavours.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are harvested in the cool hours of morning and delivered promptly to the crush pad. Grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and gently pumped through a chiller on way to the Bucher XPF 80 press to get the must down to 8C. Juices are settled at 8C, racked off gross lees and warmed to 16C for fermentation. The juices are fermented in tank with two different yeasts to maintain freshness, bright fruit flavours and aromatics. A small proportion is fermented in new and one year old French oak barriques which adds to the complexity, structure and length of flavour. Sulphites are added upon completion to deter malolactic. The wine was protein and cold stabilised and cross flow filtered.
Pale straw with green hues. Gooseberries and passionfruit, lemongrass and fruit jube bouquets, rich bubblegum esters fade away to reveal a mineral edged wine. The palate is chalky as the fresh crispness of acidity sits well with supple sweetness. Lime and juniper berries make for a very delicious style. A well balanced wine with lingering flavours, a nice complexity that keeps you coming back for more.
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