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This wine comprising 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. Most of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit had 8 hours skin contact prior to pressing. The Semillon component is crushed and pressed immediately after picking. This wine was 100% barrel fermented with predominantly larger barrels used. All went through natural yeast fermentation. The extended lees contact helps fill out the middle palate and gives this wine the extra dimension it is known for.
The nose of the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon shows bright and fresh citrus with a hint of gooseberry, following through onto the palate the citrus, gooseberry and ripening nashi shine through with crisp, balanced acid, giving the wine great length and a well-rounded lingering finish. This is one of the best we have seen for some years due to the cooler, ideal vintage conditions.
"An anticipated release! What ho! Gosh, it feels like forever since the SBS was here. And a distinct personality, as always, for this wine, albeit in a different frame this release. Top flight, though. Sees a bit (eight hours for the sauvignon blanc) of skin contact and is barrel fermented, as always.
Tightly wound. Very. A pent up and structured release with bony acidity under just-ripe stone fruit, lemon, young almond characters and flinty, slate-like mineral characters in spades. Yum. It’s steely and taut, a racier expression of this stellar wine, and good for it in refreshment factor, scintillating freshness and detail. Love it. As complex and layered as other releases? Perhaps not, but it positions itself in a different frame here, if not more serious in a way, or at least destined for longer cellaring time or enjoying over extended time tucked away. Bonza." 96Pts, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front