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Estate Cri De Savagnin 2018

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Defying convention and inspired by the great Vin Jaune wines of the Jura region in France, this wine was whole bunched pressed to old French barriques before natural fermentation and malolactic conversion. Following fermentation, the barrels were moved to a well ventilated shed (away from the winery proper) where conditions were perfect for the gradual growth of the flor yeast on the surface of the increasingly ullaged barrels. Amazingly this wine was not topped for its entire four year ageing period, relying on the protective properties of the yeast voile to avoid excessive oxidation. Bottling took place in May 2020 without any filtration, fining, stabilization or the significant addition of SO2.

Probably the most significant Jura styled Savagnin produced in Australia, this is the 2017 release of Cri de Coeur Savagnin ‘Sous Voile’ (under flor) and has all the hallmarks of this delicious style. The full spectrum of fresh and roast nuts set in salty caramel is on display here, backed by some lovely fruits of quince, green apricot and persimmon. An alluring aromatic profile - this year it almost has a grapey nuance - but the palate is all business. Shot through with mineral drive, it’s refreshing but extremely long and accompanied by the familiar character of toasted nuts and cultured butter on good sourdough. - Vinify


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