Magic Dirt is one of Australia’s most acclaimed wines and the pinnacle of the Smidge Wines range. Its name reflects one of the great secrets of great winemaking – the quality that the terroir brings to the wine. Each vintage is inspired by the sub-regional terroir of South Australia’s wine regions with all vineyards selected trellised with a single cordon, single catch wire, and planted with the clone 1654.
"Deep red clay/loam mottled with small pieces of quartz and ironstone. The wine expands on the back-palate and finish with ripe, persistent tannins. The shape of the wine in the mouth is wider than its Barossa siblings, but not as piercing. Dark chocolate makes a mark, but not to extremes."
- James Halliday Wine Companion
Winemaker Matt Wenk
In the glass this wine is a pale straw with a green hue, initially the nose is full of citrus, honeydew and kiwi fruit, which then evolves showing hints of straw, minerals and subtle oyster shell and sandlewood. Once on the palate, the 2017 is dominated by citrus and passionfruit, coupled with some herbal straw characters and balanced with mineral mouthwatering acidity, fine texture and has great length.
Smidge recommends drinking this wine over the next 3 to 4 years.
The 2017 growing season was mainly warm and dry leading up to the start of the ripening period at which time, the mercury rose deliver- ing some very hot weather, making us all very nervous. In mid Feb- ruary, a much needed day long downpour was experienced, with a few lazy showers over the following days. This event reset the ripen- ing cycle, resulting in many blocks, including this Sauvignon blanc, ripening evenly over the following weeks in near perfect dry and mild conditions.
Vinification & Maturation
This wine was produced from fruit that was pressed lightly, with the free run only being used. The juice components were then settled before separately being cold fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts. This year approximately 2% barrel fermented fruit was blended. All parcels were blended, fined and filtered prior to being bottled.
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