On the nose you will see lime, fresh passionfruit and custard apple with a hint of nettles. The palate shows fresh herbs and soft tropical flavours with a chalk and lime zestiness. Drink as an aperitif or with a creamy cheese.
We had a very wet winter (between June and September) and a cool wet spring, which tested the mettle of our in-house viticulturist/ vigneron, AKA Joch. As a result of these trying conditions, vintage started later than in previous years (we picked Chardonnay on the 15th February in #v2023) and we had much smaller volumes than in 2022 or 2021. We had a few warm days in January and February and picked the whites quite quickly, then about 10mm of rain in early March which settled the dust and stopped picking for a little while. Despite the smaller vintage, the quality of grapes was excellent across both red and white varieties.
This is our 15th version of the Bozzie Sauvignon Blanc and we have got the style down pat. Those who have enjoyed past vintages know what to expect –a wine that is grassy, restrained and lemony. This is as much to do with the regional expression of the variety as Joch’s gentle winemaking methods. The trick is to harvest on taste (and sugar ripeness of course) and Joch has been around the viticultural block enough times to know exactly when it is time to pick. In a nutshell, this is just when the fruit is on the cusp of showing a tropical fruit character. When he tastes this, we get the fruit off ASAP and into the winery where it goes through a cool and slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Picking Date: 23rd February 2023
Bottling Date: 1st June 2023