We had a very early start to vintage in 2015, with generally mild conditions throughout. We had only a handful of hot days, which allowed natural acids to develop nicely. This was a very short, sharp vintage, with most winemakers finishing their vintage well before Easter. Yields were down, somewhere between 10 and 30% depending on variety. Joch’s take on the whole thing? ‘Fast, early and pretty’.
Joch shows off his rarely seen delicate side when making this classic Bordeaux-style blend. This involves the use of cold fermentation, reductive handling (this means keeping oxygen away from the grapes during ferment so we don’t lose delicate flavours and aromas) and using stainless steel tanks as we don’t want any oak influence in the wine at all. We picked Semillon a little riper than the Sauvignon Blanc, and then we bottle the wine immediately, to seal in the flavours!
‘Forget-me-not’ has a delicate lemon/ lantana nose with a hint of fruit tingles, as well as fresh straw. On the palate it is clean and lemony, just the way we like it. This is such a terrific blend of varieties, and so versatile – for the quick pre-prandial drink, to being matched with seafood dishes, oysters, etc, so on and so forth, the list is endless. As much as we like to have a dig at the Bordelais, it’s hard to find fault with this style of wine. Absolutely delicious.
|Picking Date||2nd, 3rd and 4th February Sauvignon Blanc, 6th and 10th Feb 2015 Semillon|
|Bottling Date||7th September 2015|