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2018 Little Demon 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.

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale straw in colour with light green hues.

Nose Fresh notes of lime, pear, granny smith apples and lemon sherbet.

Palate The palate is fresh and vibrant with flavours of lime juice, cut pear and followed with a zesty lemon tang.

Vintage Notes

The grape quality for the 2018 harvest was formed by having a good wet season in 2017, but a dry season ensuing, which prevents excessive vigour or disease problems. Summer was unusually dry, there was as little as 10mm of rain from 1st of January to mid-April. Favourable summer ripening weather with daytime temperatures in the high twenties, with cool nights, led to fruit in great condition at picking. The good condition of fruit going into the winery allowed winemakers the freedom to give unrushed care for the fermentation period. Crop yields were 15-20% down on Vintage 2017 compared to average.

Technical Notes

Varietal Composition Verdelho 100%

Alcohol 13.5%

pH 3.38

TA 6.2

$20.00
per Bottle
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South Australia 5171
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