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(2020) Fermented in stainless steel with "a short maturation in French oak," fruit is sourced from both the Limestone Coast and Grant Burge's Barossa homeland. Fruit is to the fore, melon and apple, just a small suggestion of oak, the wine quite crisp in the finish with pear-drop hints always in the background. I have to say it's a wine that feels just too 'manufactured' - constructed in Australia to be commercially appealing, bottled here in the UK, and I'll expect to see it 'on promotion' at £7 or £8 fairly regularly.
(2012) This, harvested from cooler regions at night to retain maximum freshness, comes in with a feather-weight 10.5% ABV so seemed like a good candidate to include here. A little squirt of Cº2 at bottling adds to the impression of liveliness here, the nose offering some lemon sherbet aromatics and a touch of background herby punch. On the palate this is light and flavoursome, with good Sauvignon grassiness and cut, again an impression of a little residual sugar, but plenty of cleansing apple acidity.
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