|Grape/Varietal : Chardonnay||Color : Red|
|Origin : Margaret River||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Australia||ABV : 11%|
|Vintage : 2017||Natural Factor: No Sulphur|
Sam Vinciullo is producing what we think, is one of the most unique and exciting wines in Australia. After years spent working in California, other parts of Australia and notably, Mount Etna with Frank Cornelissen and the others. He returned home to Western Australia and produced his first vintage in 2015. Recently, Sam moved into a property of his own at Cowaramup. It is complete with a small winery and six hectares of planted vines aged from 22 years to 35 years: dry farmed, own rooted Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc planted to a surprisingly diverse soil composition for such a small site.
Though the vineyards have been farmed organically for years, Sam is going a step further, and is currently in the process of converting the vineyard to progressive farming including practices like using seaweed spray for its anti-fungal properties and micro-nutrients with treatments for powdery mildew limited to sulphur and Ecocarb (Potassium Bicarbonate). There are small chicken coops that can be moved around the vineyard for compost and insect management. Sam’s wines are not fined or filtered and are made purely from organic fruit, hand harvesting, gentle pressing and wild yeast ferment. He does not use sulphur or preservatives at any stage.
The 2017 wines are the last Warner Glen cuvée produced from Margaret River as Sam started leasing his own farm in Cowaramup in 2018, situated at about 20 minutes north of Margaret River. The Warner Glen vineyard is loam with pockets of gravel and underlying grey clay subsoil.
Sam picked the wine in two passes this year. The first pick was before the flavour spectrum moved into being tropical and this portion was macerated on skins for two weeks. The second pick involved more sorting, the fruit was a fraction riper and this was macerated for just three days. The entirety of the harvest was destemmed.
As usual, the wine was hand plunged, very gently and subsequently bottled by gravity with no pump and no oak used at any stage. The final wine with a little time to open up, is bright with every bit of precision and incomprehensibly wonderful to drink.
Pairs Well With:
Bulgogi Pork on Toast
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