2014 Streicker Bridgeland Block Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
The Margaret River Wine Region has been blessed with eight great growing seasons in a row. Vintage 2014 started off with some late, heavy rainfall in September and two minor hail events in October. However from here on, there weren't any significant weather events until a heat spike the week prior to Christmas. The entire flowering period occurred in warm, mild conditions resulting in good fruit-set across all varieties. Vintage conditions were ideal for ripening all varieties with little or no disease present and no rainfall pressures.
The fruit for our Bridgelands Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is selected from the best blocks of our Bridelands vineyard in Southern Margaret River. The fruit is handpicked, cold-crushed and pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 33% new, 33% 2nd fill and 33% 3rd fill French oak barriques. The wine is sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity, after which the wine is removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.
A light green wine with hints of sunlight. Orange blossom and wet slate hints encompass a rich core of freshly cut pear, gooseberry and snow pea aromas. The palate enters crisp and clean with layers of minerality. Floral aromatics lead to a delicate palate with crunchy natural acid and French oak weight. The finish is long and refreshing with hints of vanilla pod, currents and graphite.
95pts, Special Value Star - James Halliday's 2017 Wine Companion
Silver - Melbourne International Wine Competition
Silver - Sydney Royal Wine Show
This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity