The variety has high natural sugar and the wines are white and usually off-dry, with a flamboyant bouquet of lychees. Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychees share the same aroma compounds. Dry Gewürztraminers may also have aromas of roses, passion fruit and floral notes. It is not uncommon to notice some spritz (fine bubbles on the inside of the glass). Wikipedia
"Mouth-watering flavours with a zippy line of acidity. Bright and textural with lemon freshness. There is a contemporary savoury edge that adds interest and intrigue. Slides down easily. " Toni Paterson, The Real Review
"Slippery, lightly oily white of pear drop scents and flavours. Its pretty simple and very clean, quite perfumed. Glides well in the palate, delivers a nice hit of the variety without much complexity. " Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Fresh, lively, & textured.
Low yields and handpicking. Cool fermentation in stainless steel is followed by four months on lees.
Colour: Vibrant golden straw with pale-green hues Aroma: An abundance of lovely Watervale aromas are prominent – fresh lemon-lime citrus, white honeysuckle and an intriguing creaminess.
Palate: Full-flavoured and generous, whilst still portraying a sturdy precision. Boasting flavours of creamy lemon curd and blossom with a soft-mineral acidity. Moreish finish.
Food Match: Singapore Chilli Crab
Cellaring: As with all Vickery Rieslings, this wine will be bright and fresh in its youth and will reward careful cellaring for 7 - 10 years.
The 2016 – 2017 growing season included the best winter rainfalls for many years which allowed the vineyards to flourish with virtually no water stress for the entire season. The summer period saw relatively mild conditions with fewer heat events than usual which translated into a long ripening period with vintage about three weeks later than the previous year. As a result, there was very strong flavour development with great natural acidity and good balance. In addition to the Castine and Koerner blocks which have made up the majority of the last two vintages of Vickery Watervale, the ‘17 blend sees some beautiful old-vine fruit included from Paddy and Maxine Brazel’s 86- year-old plantings. Following picking the fruit was taken immediately to Watervale for pressing; avoiding extended skin contact. Stainless steel fermentation took place at our Barossa winery where all the parcels were kept separate until final blending.
An elegant Chardonnay with complexity, texture and fine acidity. Delicate but full flavoured.
Citrus and passionfruit nose with white stone fruit and a delightful light creaminess with the palate fresh and enticing on entry with citrus and light tropical notes. Mid palate shows wonderful depth of flavour from partial barrel fermentation in French Barriques. Finishing with great length and crisp acidity.
The intention with Minnow Creek is to maintain the goal of sourcing the best parcels of fruit in order to craft wines which continue to reflect the full flavoured generosity for which McLaren Vale is justifiably renowned.
Small scale winemaking allows Minnow Creek to assert complete control over the winemaking process from picking through to bottling, in order to provide Minnow Creek customers with the truest expression of the Vales regional flavours.
Fiano is a variety that originates in Campagna Italy. climatically well suited to McLaren Vale, particularly as it retains excellent levels of natural acidity as the fruit ripens. Fiano has relatively small berries and thick skins perfect for creating a style with plenty of structure and texture. We've worked with the naturally generous phenolics by incorporating skin contact during fermentation and oxidatively handling the juice prior to barrel fermentation in old French oak. The result is a wine of fresh natural acidity, citrus and almond meal flavours with a full textural mouth fell.
John and Eithne Lagan arrived at Margaret River in 1968, first planting their vineyard in 1977. The Lagans planted the first vines in what is now one of the region’s oldest vineyards. They named their vineyard Xanadu after the poem Kubla Khan by the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.