2017 Worlds Apart Oakbank
100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Downer family’s Murdoch Hill vineyard just out of the Adelaide Hills township of Oakbank. The family have been farming this property since the 30s and growing grapes since the late 90s. A cool summer and a very wet previous winter made for fruit with high acidity and low alcohol with a long ripening period. A small amount of botrytis added some complexity as well. Handpicked, crushed and destemmed into an open fermenter at the Pussycat Winery on March 22nd. Left on skins for three days before being pressed into two old barriques. Left on lees for three months. Alcoholic fermentation completed naturally in a week or so, with full malolactic going through shortly after. Bottled at Frederick Stevenson’s winery September 4th 2017.