All parcels were hand-harvested, bunches chilled prior to crushing and macerations varied from two up to 24 hours prior to pressing. All fermentations were conducted with indigenous yeasts in a combination of old French oak barriques, puncheons and stainless steel tanks. Approximately 20% also underwent natural malolactic fermentation. Bottled without filtration, after the components spent ten months on full lees, it's another wonderfully vibrant release of this incomparable blend. Expect a layered, waxy, wine with notes of mixed stone fruit, green fig, and subtle herbal brightness (think Chartreuse) that renders it very hard to stop drinking. As always, a phenomenal bargain.
"This release is semillon, vermentino and clairette. Vermentino! There was a bit of vermentino in the blend last year, and a stand alone vermentino now exists in the broader Spinifex range. Times they are a changin'. What a steal this wine is, by the way. Few wines at this price deliver this complexity and interest. Lemon barley water scents, steely whiffs too, a touch of green herb and fennel character. Cool and refreshing in the palate, a little slick in texture and a touch of honeyed richness settles mid palate, but the wine is more about that semillon tang and raciness than anything. That being said, lots of detail here, and deliciousness. 93 points." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.