Sauvignon Blanc Yarra Valley Victoria
Sauvignon Blanc sourced from Lillydale Estate's Sunnyside and Morning Light Vineyard blocks, as well as a small quantity from a favoured grower. Fruit from the three vineyards was hand picked, then handled separately to accentuate the individuality of each block. The 2006 vintage was characterised by warm, dry conditions in November and December followed by a heat wave during February, bringing the harvest date forward for Sauvignon Blanc. The vintage delivered beautifully ripe Sauvignon Blanc with excellent flavour concentration.
Fruit from Lillydale's Sunnyside and Morning Light vineyards were crushed separately into the rapid drainer to extract free run juice with minimal skin contact. All fruit was gently crushed and chilled to below 6C. The first juice to drain freely was cold settled and racked to produce brilliantly clear juice, before being fermented. The third vineyard component was crushed into the bag press and allowed overnight skin contact time before the juice was drained. This smaller batch underwent barrel fermentation in four year old oak. The three components were artfully blended and bottled.
Pale straw with light green hues. Intensely lifted aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit primary fruit, supported by varietal accents of lemon grass and basil. There are herbaceous characters combined with lychee, walnut and tomato bush aromas. The lifted nose is supported by subtle nuances of snow pea and kiwifruit. Intense passionfruit and kiwifruit flavours dominate the minerally tight palate.