Vintage
2003
pH
3.27
Alcohol
13.1
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

After the difficult 2001 and 2002 growing seasons 2003 was a welcome relief. The growing season was free from extremes of temperature and Autumn was near average warmth with no significant rain to upset the harvest. Sauvignon blanc was picked on the 24th and 25th of March which is slightly earlier than average. The grapes from each of our three Sauvignon vineyards were were ripe, dry and full of flavour, with high acid levels and intense fruit. Crop levels were low at below 2 kg per vine with excellent concentration of flavour.


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. Along with 2002, one of our best Sauvignon Blanc wines ever.


Aroma

Intense gooseberry and tropical fruit nose 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.


Cellaring

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


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

Again we have sealed our Sauvignon with a screw cap which is helps retain the fruit intensity and freshness of the wine as well as enhancing the capacity to age gracefully, free of taint or excessive oxygen influence.

Reviews

  • 2005 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

    Very fragrant gooseberry and passion fruit; delicate and fresh, though faintly reduced.

  • Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 Nov 2003

    Top Aussie White. From Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills this delicious, screw capped Sauvignon Blanc has doughy, twiggy and gooseberry-like aromas and is intense, vibrant and lively on the tongue. It¹s a seamless and concentrated dry white with power and length.