VARIETIES: Marsanne 50%, Roussanne 42% Viognier 8%
Marsanne was sourced from the Marananga region, Roussanne from the Kalimna region and Viognier from Eden Valley.
WINEMAKING: Gentle pressings were combined with free run juice and cold settled.
Fermentation commenced in stainless steel but some of the Marsanne and Viognier finished fermentation in and was aged in barrel until bottled in late August. The remaining Marsanne and the Roussanne was aged on lees in tank until bottling, to enhance the structure and texture of the wine.
OAK MATURATION: 50% aged in fine grain French oak (with only 10% new oak) for 6 months
STYLE: My aim with Plexus MVR is to promote a vibrant expression of fruit aromas from the interaction of the three varieties; and on the palate, to build structure and texture, rather than just acid crispness.
VINTAGE: The growing season was characterised by low winter and spring rainfall, which was followed by a hot spell in mid-December. The warm weather continued through January, and was thankfully broken by almost 40mm of rain in late January early February. The timing of this rain was perfect, particularly for a lot of our dry grown vines. Following the rain, the balance of the ripening season comprised warm days, but slightly cooler than average night temperatures, helping the vines to cope with the warm conditions. This February weather was fantastic with Marsanne harvested on Monday 8 February closely followed by Roussanne and Viognier later in March.
Colour: Attractive pale straw
Nose: Aromas of stone fruits, honeysuckle and dried apricot.
Palate: Medium bodied with good texture, dry finish and balanced acidity. Flavours of nectarine, mandarin and pear make for good food pairings with seafood and white meats.
Clear, pale lemon.
Refreshing green apple, mint and pineapple.
Driven by lemon and passionfruit, the acid is clean and gentle, balanced by a slightly grapefruit sweetness at the end of the palate.
Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
100% Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Best enjoyed upon release. Food Pairing Suggestion：Fresh oyster or light seasoned seafood such as steam sole with spring onion. Thai Chicken salad with fresh herbs and fish sauce. Goat cheese.
Grapes for this single vineyard wine were hand harvested on March 12 from two small blocks on our Uley vineyard at the northern end of the Piccadilly Valley.
Initial juice analysis showed a Baumé of 11.6 degrees, pH 3.09 and titratable acid of 7.7 g/litre. After crushing and gentle pressing, the juice was fermented to dryness at low temperatures to enhance fresh fruit characters.Following stabilisation in tank, the wine was filtered and bottled on 2nd July 2019. Alcohol 12.5%.
Classically varietal and aromatic, the wine displays citrus, pear, guava, elderflower, herbaceous and faint grassy aromas followed by a generous palate with persistent fruit flavours, minerality and crispness and a spicy, tingling finish from the natural grape acidity.