The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc has been with the Coates since 2009, and has been a staple of the range.
In 2014 it was decided to produce a varietal Sauvignon Blanc. A restrained ‘Fume’ style was what we had in mind and the first step was picking in two tranches to obtain a high acid backbone from the first pick, and a later intake to provide fruit drive. The cool climate location of the Adelaide Hills Kuitpo vineyards ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.
The fruit was given minimal skin contact and pressed using a closed tank press to yield the softest fruit characters. Post press the juice was racked to barrel to remove coarse solids. The Sauvignon juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in 15% new and the balance seasoned French oak barrels then aged on lees for nine months. The wine was sulphured post primary ferment to block MLF. Whilst this style might traditionally be called a Fume Blanc, the intention was not to have an obvious oak influence on the aroma and flavour profile of the wine. Blended and bottled in August 2019, The Sauvignon Blanc will be drinking well for another one to four years.
Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained passionfruit accents accompanied by banana and a hint of stone fruit. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and subtle toast notes leading into a long, crisp finish.
Alcohol – 13.0% by volume Residual sugar – 1.2 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.41 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.68 g/L
pH – 3.19 Sulphur Dioxide – 150 mg/L Total; 27 mg/L Free