Driftwood Wines Artifacts Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Driftwood Wines Artifacts Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Driftwood Wines Artifacts Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2021

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Passionfruit, lychee, and yellow nectarine combine with nettle, gooseberry, and white blossom as the predominant aroma expressions. The medium bodied palate displays slightly smoky French oak and regular lees stirring compliments the wild fermented sauvignon blanc adding layers of depth with creamy textures against purity of fruit.

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Categories: , , Brand: Driftwood Margaret RiverDriftwood Wines
Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

Description

Vintage was on!! Until…. Ohhhh Mother Nature!!! And then came the rain…. A late summer deluge from the tropics came through and kept us on edge through early-February although luckily the grapes were not quite ripe enough to soak it all up and after a week or two drying out the Chardonnay followed by Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc came in beautiful. Things were going smoothly until bamm… Another tropical downpour through early-March and we were racing to pick the softer skin red varieties like Malbec and Shiraz. All good, fruit was in and perfect. Like clockwork the systems were running beautifully until…Just to make things interesting an unprecedented cyclone Seroja made its way down the west coast of WA during mid-April.. So that was it fruit was in and looking cherry ripe making for another sensational vintage from the Margaret River region.

Winemaking

The main block contributing to this blend was harvested from the Driftwood Estate vineyard on the 2nd of March 2021. The vibrant parcel of sauvignon blanc was machine harvested and sent to a fermenter for 48hrs cold soaking. Following the gentle flavour extraction, the must was then gently pressed, going straight to 28% new French oak 228L and 500L barrels for wild fermentation with very high solids, resulting in wonderfully textural elements. The barrels were stirred and topped every 3 weeks for further textural development throughout the 6 months in barrel. The wine was then blended in early August before being heat and cold stabilised, followed by filtration and bottling on the 24th of August.

Blend: 86% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon

Colour: Lemon straw with green hues

Aromatics: Passionfruit, lychee, and yellow nectarine combine with nettle, gooseberry, and white blossom as the predominant aroma expressions.

Palate: The medium bodied palate displays slightly smoky French oak and regular lees stirring compliments the wild fermented sauvignon blanc adding layers of depth with creamy textures against purity of fruit.

Maturation: Barrel and tank for 6 months – 28% new French oak.

Ageing Potential: 5+ years.

WINEMAKING DATA

Geographical Indication: Margaret River

Winemaker: Kane Grove

Harvest Date: 2nd March 2021

pH: 3.25

Titratable Acidity: 7.0 g/L

Residual Sugar: 1.4 g/L

Alcohol: 12.6%