As with many of the wines made by Coates, the story of conception starts with food. Light-bodied white wines that accompany a range of summer and Asian food styles are often sought after in our household. To make such a style we drew wanted a white wine which showed great citrusy flavour intensity, depth of complexity and lovely acidity.
The current release from 2019 is the results of the tweaking of winemaking style and vineyard locations as we constantly seek to build better balance and complexity into our wines. The fruit is sourced from two vineyard blocks in the Kuitpo region of the Adelaide Hills (which is where the Coates winery based). A cool climate location ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.
Our winemaking style is traditional with a gentle press of the grapes to yield the softest fruit characters. The Semillon (70%) and Sauvignon Blanc (30%) were picked and pressed at different harvest times then the juice combined in tank to cold settle. The Sem Sav juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in 50% new and 50% one year old French oak barrels then aged on lees for five months. Blended and bottled in August 2019, The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc will be drinking well for another eight to ten years.
Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained tropical fruits accompanied by lemongrass and a hint of brioche. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and delicious toast notes leading into a long, crisp finish.
Alcohol – 13.0% by volume Residual sugar – <3.0 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.7 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.5 g/L
pH – 3.15 Sulphur Dioxide – 30 mg/L Free, 110 mg/L Total