|Grape/Varietal : Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc||Color : White|
|Origin : Adelaide Hills||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Australia||ABV : 13.4%|
|Vintage : 2018||Natural Factor: No Added Sulphur|
Travis Tausend’s vines grow at the very Southern tip of the Adelaide Hills in a small community called Hope Forest. The original carers and traditional owners of this land are the Perimangk people. The soils here are varied but the vines put their roots into mostly clay, sand and ironstone based soils. The vineyard is planted on several slopes but mostly make use of a North-East aspect with exception to the merlot which faces the North-West.
Being in a raised valley that is cooled by two winds, the hot days experienced by the regions surrounding are mitigated by the Southern ocean wind and the gulf breeze, making the micro climate one of the coolest in the Adelaide Hills. Because of this beautiful flow of air, there are pockets of noble rot in the vineyard that Travis uses to add another layer to his riesling and sauvignon blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from Hope Forest in Adelaide Hills. It is named after Sebastian Riffault who Travis spent some time with and who makes epic Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre. Sea Bass was started in 2016 with botrytis affected berries. For 2018, the Sauvignon Blanc was picked over a month with four picks, being two early picks from the top of the hill on the sandiest part of the vineyard and the latter two picks from the lower part of the vineyard. The first two picks were fermented and aged in tank while the last picks were fermented in tank and aged in 220L barrels. The Semillon was picked on the same day as the second pick of the Sauvignon Blanc and co-fermented with the Sauvignon. 2018 was the first year Travis started to understand more of the vineyard and the ripening across quite a steep slope. The season was dry and there was no need to be concerned about botrytis, a flavour Travis wanted to move away from in 2018. The addition of the Semillon was to offer some grassiness and earthiness to what was looking like a fairly fruity ferment.
Pairs Well With:
Vegetarian Zucchini Slice
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