We recorded just about average annual rainfall over the year, which resulted in healthy crops across most of the varieties. The weather then remained almost perfect for the rest of vintage. The general consensus amongst winemakers in the Vale is that 2010 marks an exceptional year for both red and white wines.
We made the 'Forget-me-not' SSB in a similar fashion to the Spring Seed 'Four O'clock' Chardonnay in that we wanted to be as gentle with the fruit as we could so as to retain the delicate aromatics of the varieties. The Semillon was oxidatively handled, while the Sauvignon Blanc was reductively handled. Both batches underwent cool, temperature controlled ferments as part of our strategy, and saw no oak at any stage. We picked the Semillon slightly riper than the Sauvignon Blanc at approximately 13°Beaume to add palate weight to the blend. while the Sauvignon Blanc was picked leaner at approximately 11-11.5°Beaume to maintain natural acidity and capture the grassy spectrum of Sauvignon Blanc flavours.
The 'Forget-me-not' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon shows fine cut grass and fig aromas. The wine has a balanced middle weight palate with a lemon/lime fresh acid driven length. The Spring Seed Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is perfect when chilled as an aperitif or will team admirably with a range of tucker such as Asian food, cheeses, white meat, poultry and even dessert.
|Picking Date||1st, 3rd and 14th Feb 2010|
|Total Acidity||6.38 g/L|
|Bottling Date||1st November 2010|