Vintage
1999
pH
3.22
Alcohol
13.3
TA
7.4

Other Vintages:

Overview

The first release of Sauvignon blanc from our vineyard at Lenswood was in 1989 and since that time we have established a reputation for producing wines of great power and depth of flavour. At Lenswood the climate is cool enough to grow grapes with intensity of fruit and still with enough warmth to ensure full ripening and richness of flavour.

To me the secret with Sauvignon blanc is to grow the vines in a cool region with low crops per vine which ensures fruit intensity, ripeness, concentration of middle palate flavour and a natural fresh acid balance. It is this depth of flavour which distinguishes excellent Sauvignon blanc from the thin, weedy examples of Sauvignon blanc which are so common.


Vintage Description

The 1999 season had rain during March and April. The harvest of Sauvignon blanc
occurred on the 24th and 26th of March and the grapes were thankfully ripe and dry.
Crop level was 2kg per vine.


Assessment

Middle palate richness with delicacy are features of our Sauvignon blanc (and in fact all our wines). This is a result of fully ripe grapes grown in a cool environment which preserves the natural acid levels.


Aroma

Intense tropical fruit with a hint of cut grass. Fragrant yet powerful.

Colour

Pale straw with a light green tinge.

Palate

Intensely flavoured with the fruit elements apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Ripe fruit with richness on the middle palate and a soft lingering finish.

Region

Lenswood, Adelaide Hills

Variety

100% Sauvignon blanc

Oak Maturation

None

Winemaking

Crush, destem, gently air bag press. Clear settle juice and cold ferment to dryness. Our approach is to retain the fresh aromatics of the fruit and not to generate any harsh extractives which produce coarsness on the palate.


Food Suggestion

Ideal with seafood but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.


Serving Suggestion

Cool to cold. Best between 5 and 10°C.


Closure

At the peak of its youthful vibrance in the first two years but, following the pattern of previous vintages, will develop the steely, mineral character of classically aged Sauvignon over a decade or so. Certainly will age gracefully.