FRANKLAND RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC
The Frankland River region is in south-west Western Australia inland near to the town of Manjimup with a cool climate influenced by the Southern Ocean. Carved out by the river and it's tributaries over millions of years, the region typically has heat retaining gravelly and granitic rich sandy loam topsoils, overlaying a moisture retaining clay loam subsoil.
Air-flows from the valley slopes to and from the Southern Ocean provide a favourably modifying effect on the climate at the critical times of the year for winegrape growing. The climate and geography of the broader Great Southern appellation is renowned for producing many stupendous white wines.
This vibrant, easy-drinking and somewhat understated Sauvignon blanc shows tropical fruit fragrances with a citrus edge. The palate is big, fresh and sweet- tasting from the fruit typical of the Frankland River region. It is bone dry of sugar with low to moderate acidity and a finish balanced and crisp.
The time of harvest was ideal for a slightly more generous and forgiving style right on the cusp of when the grape characters change from strong herbaceous to tropical and therefore showing the best of both worlds.
A consequent lower acidity at harvest means the wine can be left dry of sugar and still maintain a perfect balance. The end result is a well defined 'less is more' style which is the key to it's unarguable drinkability either with food, or chilled down just on it's own for the warmest days and nights.