Sauvignon Blanc Bendigo Victoria
The Cumming family have farmed in the Bendigo region for fifty years. Ron and Peter have a strong background in horticulture and place a strong emphasis on vineyard management. The emphasis is on producing high quality, fruit driven wines with strong varietal definition and a generous palate. Three new vineyards have been planted at Bridgewater -On- Loddon to enhance complexity and improve overall quality. A conspicuous performer, Water Wheel is one of Bendigo's most highly decorated and internationally renowned winemaking estates.
Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted on light, well drained soils and cropped at three tonne to the acre. Vines are hedged trellised, exposing grapes to the sun achieving maximum ripeness. All blocks are irrigated from the nearby Loddon River through the use of ground level mini sprays. Fruit is harvested to a timetable determined by full physiological ripeness. Parcels are delivered to the winery in pristine condition, crushed and inoculated to select yeasts followed by a temperature controlled vinification in tank. Fermented at 12C to 15C over the course of several days, batches are cold stablilized and earth filtered followed by the final assemblage and sterile filtration to bottle.
A bright green straw colour. Water Wheel exhibits grass, lime and lemon citrus overtones on the nose, vegetable characters, asparagus, green bean and kiwi are in the background. The palate shows strong citrus flavours with some mineral characters in the middle, good fruit and acid balance. The wine has a clean, crisp and persistent finish, the ideal aperitif, well suited to seafood, risotto and lighter summer dining.