2018 Passel Estate Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Margaret River, WA
Lemon zest, white pear and nectarine, bolstered by subtle French oak, medium bodied, silky texture and long flavours.
- Region Margaret River
- Vintage 2018
- Type White Wine
- Variety Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage Notes
Solid winter rains filled our dams and allowed for good levels of soil moisture to nourish the developing vines, which burst in September. A couple of well-timed summer showers in January and February topped up the soil moisture during the ripening period, while the warm, windy conditions allowed the grapevine canopies to dry quickly and prevent the risk of mildew. The gentle summer conditions without any heat spikes allowed the fruit to ripen gradually, resulting in a fantastic 2018 vintage in Margaret River, characterized by fragrant perfumes, amazing levels of fruit freshness and succulent levels of natural acidity
- Vineyard Notes
The 15-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted north- south, thus benefitting from even sunlight and warmth on either side of the canopy throughout the growing season. The canopy is managed to ensure a perfect balance of shade and light, keeping the fruit healthy and allowing for gradual and controlled development of fruit flavour while retaining the grapes’ natural acidity and minerality. After veraison, the fruit is covered with bird netting through to harvest.
Sauvignon Blanc fruit was harvested in the early hours of the morning and immediately cold crushed to press, where the juice was separated from the skin. The juice was cold settled for 2-3 days before being racked and fermented in stainless steel and new French oak barrels (20%). The oaked portion was combined with the portion in stainless steel after fermentation, where the wine was matured on the fine lees with bâttonage occurring fortnightly for 5 months. The wine received a light fining prior to filtration and was then bottled with all-natural acidity.
- Tasting Notes
Green in colour with pale yellow hints. An aromatic bouquet of white pear, lemon grass and lychee is dappled with hints of jasmine and gooseberry. An entry of brisk natural acidity on the palate, leading to nectarine and freshly cut limes bolstered by subtle French oak tones. An elegant medley of lemon zest, pear flesh and white flowers on the finish.