White, Rosé & Sparkling | Barrel Fermented Verdelho Tasting Note
2015 Barrel Fermented Verdelho
Verdelho is a white wine grape originating from Portugal and has traditionally been one of the most popular grapes planted on the small island of Madeira since vines were first planted there in the 15th century. Australian versions of Verdelho are noted for their intense flavours with hints of lime and honeysuckle and the dense texture that the wines can get after some aging.
In the vineyard, Verdelho is a moderately vigorous vine that produces bunches of small oval berries with a high skin to juice ratio. This skins of the berry can be thick and ripen early, for example typically in the first weeks of February each year, meaning it is the first of our grapes crushed each vintage.
The winter in 2014 was wetter than usual which resulted in well soaked soils. From August to early January it stayed dry with above average temperatures. Flowering started earlier than average and the grape set was even, but our vines had low bunch numbers. Veraison started normally but accelerated with a mini heatwave early January. Throughout January, 40mm of rain fell, double the average, but very helpful to freshen up the vines. Ripening continued with warm dry days and cool nights and we started harvest with the Verdelho on the 9th February, the earliest on record .
We have barrel a small parcel of Verdelho and cellared on lees for six months. This has allowed some yeast autolysis to occur creating a creamy mouth feel and subtle toast aromas, a variation from the fresh melon and lime lift of the unwooded Little Demon.
Colour and Aroma
Pale straw in colour with aromas of spiced pear, honeydew melon and subtle vanilla.
This wine has typical varietal Verdelho with flavours of lime, melon and tropical fruit abundant with delicate toast, vanilla and slight herbs from the oak. A soft and creamy texture gives length and integrates the fresh acidity and flavours.
- 2015 Barrel Fermented Verdelho - 91 points (Mike Bennie - WBM Magazine)
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Varietal composition Verdelho 100% Region (GI) McLaren Vale Wine Maker Andrew Jericho & Mark Maxwell Oak Maturation Aged in one and two year old French oak on lees for six months. Alcohol 13.5% pH 3.27 Total acidity 6.9g/L