2015 Streicker Bridgeland Block Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Quality as usual, was high, however yields were down across the region. Since early March
a more autumn weather pattern came into being and with the passing of the low weather
pattern that was Cyclone Olwyn the region experienced some rain with cooler night time
temperatures. This has effectively extended the ripening period for red wine varieties quite
nicely giving them more 'hang time' to enhance fruit development and flavour profiles with
softer tannin levels arising as a consequence.
The fruit for our Bridgeland Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is selected from the best blocks of
our Bridgeland 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 premalolactic
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
Barrel fermented and with nine months on lees, this wine shows white pear, brioche and citrus zest aromas with hints of gooseberry and snow pea. The delicate palate enters crisp and clean with layers of minerality and floral aromatics leading to a crunchy natural acid and French oak weight. The finish is long and refreshing with hints of vanilla pod, currants and graphite.
TROPHY - Fumé blanc class, Margaret River Wine Show
95pts, 'Special Value' star - James Halliday's 2017 Wine Companion
This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity.