Our Sandalwood vineyard is planted to grenache gris and piquepoul on a rocky slope in the foothills of McLaren Flat. These varieties are picked together and co-fermented to create a rich and textured wine with brightness and lift.
Grenache Gris (50%) and Piquepoul (45%) with inclusion of 5% Clairette this year.
"50/45/5% grenache gris/piquepoul/clairette from the Sandalwood vineyard, a later ripening site in the McLaren Flat foothills. Pressed to concrete for co-fermentation, then racked off heavy lees and returned for nine months élevage. Such an exuberantly expressive nose at pitch-perfect ripeness, with rosy skinned apples, lemon balm, raw quince, orange peel and tart pomelo. Tension defines the palate, with vigorous natural acidity and a moreish netting of pithiness combined with a gravelly minerality to deliver this dry, sapid and deeply layered. Stunning! 95 points"
Marcus Ellis, James Halliday's Wine Companion