We had above average winter rainfall and although we had a dry June, we recorded decent falls in July and August. Below average rainfall was recorded in spring, and we experienced some warm spring nights. Summer rain tally was also below average despite a wet December. McLaren Vale experienced warm a warm Autumn ripening period with low rainfall. Overall vintage in McLaren Vale produced wine of excellent quality and while total tonnages were down for the season, compared to a wet and fertile 2017, the reports from winemakers on wine quality has been almost universally positive.
We like our SB to be nettly and a bit grassy and not too tropical. To this end, we try and pick before any pineapple characters can be detected in the grapes. Much time is spent by Joch and Scott tasting in the vineyards before harvesting the grapes (this applies to all of our grapes and not just the Savvy B) to make sure we pick when the grapes are just ready. We pick all of our white grapes at night so they come into the winery nice and cool and fresh (to preserve the natural acidity).
Our BoB Sb doesn’t spend any time in oak, although a few batches spend time ‘sur lie’ which means we leave the wine on the yeast cells and grape solids – this builds texture into the wine. Once the Savvy has fermented it is cold stabilised to remove the yeast and grape solids and then bottled.
Cut grass, a little bit of passionfruit, and a fresh, citrussy palate. Chill and serve with oysters.
|Vineyards||Braden's and Edgehill|
|Picking Date||5th and 12th February 2018|
|Bottling Date||2nd July 2018|