Good winter and early spring rains were followed by a generally dry and mild growing season. After the leaner vintages of 2019 and 2020 it was nice to see a return to long term average crop levels. We had a slow and steady ripening period without any excessive heat spikes which has resulted in super varietal fruit intensity and balanced natural acidity.
A Mary Poppins kind of vintage; practically perfect! Joch is always loathe to comment favourably about vintage quality, for fear of jinxing things – he can be superstitious like that, but by the end of harvest, the word ‘exceptional’ was heard to come out of his mouth.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Joch looks a little bit uncouth, when you meet him. His flannel shirts often aren’t ironed and his hair is often a bit wild. Don’t let that you deceive you - he has a delicate hand when it comes to making this Bordeaux-style white. He picks both varieties at night (to get them to the winery nice and cool – this helps preserves the flavours), then he protects the fermenting grapes from air (this is called reductive handling) to safeguard the delicate aromas even more. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks (no time in oak at all) and bottle the wine as soon as it has finished fermentation, settled and cleared.
‘Forget-me-not’ has the whiff of an English summer meadow, along with a lemony citrussy and lantana palate. This wine is a super classic white wine blend which lends itself to all sorts of occasions – an afterwork drink on a spring afternoon, with a chicken tagine, or some soft cheese. It’s versatile and delicious.
|Picking Date||SB – 1st February 2021, Semillon 3rd February 2021|
|Bottling Date||9th June 2021|