Between Five Bells
The goal for this inaugural white was to share the delicious and intriguing qualities of the Red. To do this, David had committed to co-fermenting a number of white and red varieties.
Working with two local Geelong growers, he isolated small parcels of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Meunier to be harvested within a few days of each other. Almost equal quantities of each arrived at the winery, where they were whole-bunch pressed into 1,000L cuves for co-fermented primary ferment. Extended solids-contact and 100% completion of malolactic fermentation round out the main winemaking influences.
Super aromatic style this, very much in an Alsace mold, though with a Chablis-esque minerality. All white peach and white flowers aromatics but with mandarin and and a hint of biscuity richness. The stamp of the super cool season is all over it too, but the weight of the winemaking just fills it out. There is much happening on the nose actually, with every whiff providing a new hint - Chardonnay white fruit, Riesling lime juice and the pear of Pinot Gris.
The palate too is a textural wonder. Vanilla bean oak, peachy Chardonnay juiciness, that malo richness softening what would have been rampant acidity. Light but rich, the length here goes on and on.
- Region: Geelong
- Varietal: 28% Pinot Gris - 28% Pinot Meunier - 22% Chardonnay - 22% Riesling
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: 3 sites in Geelong
- Vine Age: 16 years old
- Yield: 2.6 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Sandy Podzol Soil with Volcanic Scoria Scattered Throughout
- TA: 6.48
- pH: 3.38
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- Oak: 10 months in 1hL French cuves
- Production: 225 cases
Geelong was a premium wine region in the gold rush era from the middle of the 19th Century. Like several other Victorian wine regions during that time there were several Swiss vignerons who had an influence on the region. Learn More »