Geoff Weaver Sauvignon Blanc

Geoff Weaver Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Adelaide Hills, South Australia   |    750ml   |    12%

95 Points - James Halliday

Geoff Weaver's career in wine is one that dates back to 1972 and he's been responsible for making some of Australia's most famous wines. He's a pioneer of the Adelaide Hills and must have known that one day Sauvignon Blanc from the region would rule supreme.

This 2017 Geoff Weaver Sauvignon Blanc has an appealing nose of tropical fruits and gooseberry before a juicy fruit palate, a rich length and a zingy, zesty acid length. Pair it with fresh seafood for a taste sensation.

"95 Points. The late vintage reflected the ideal growing conditions throughout the season. Laidback technical/vinification parameters set the scene for the wine. The bouquet is precise and strongly varietal, but it's not until the palate that the wine sets sail, and does so in fine style with citrus and apple taking control on the long finish. It's the outcome of Geoff Weaver's long experience with the vineyard, and his undoubted skill as a winemaker." - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

Availability: In stock

$26.90
Only available for purchase in 12 bottle increments.
Geoff Weaver wines is a family-owned wine business based on our own vineyard which we established in 1982.

In the early 1980's the Adelaide Hills was an untried region for grapes and wine. Our ambition was to plant a vineyard capable of growing flavours that would extend the style and quality frontiers of Australian wine.

This demanded a different way of growing grapes; with low yield from low vigour vines that fully ripened in the cool hills environment. Avoidance of the high or low extremes of temperature in the vineyard and protection from strong wind is fundamentally important.

The site we chose has ancient, low fertility soils and is high on the slopes allowing ample cold air drainage so that the vines are not restricted in their flavour-producing metabolism. In addition the soils have excellent water holding capacity meaning that irrigation is unnecessary and the vines have a steady but restricted water supply to support them.
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South Australia
Adelaide Hills
750
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VINTAGE: Crop levels of 3.4kg/vine were slightly up on our long-term average of 2.7kg/vine. After a string of years when our grapes ripened well before our long-term average in 2017 we picked in early April a week later than our long-term average date. Hand picking occurred in cool weather on 3rd to 6th April. Heat degree day summation for the year was 1335; a little over our long-term average of 1270 Heat Degree Days (HDD). We had a cool start in October and November and a warm finish in February and March, the latter period mercifully free of extreme heat. Our vines are now 29 years old and show the benefits of maturity with good balance of crop and leaf plus more stable crops.

The growing season rainfall was 420mm between October and March, which was higher than our long-term average of 230mm. Of this 312mm fell between October and December. Disease pressure was consequently high early in the season but ripe healthy grapes were harvested. We grow our grapes without irrigation and they benefit, I believe, from deep roots sustaining them rather than more shallow ones subject to downpours and dry spells.

TECHNICAL DETAILS: 100% single-vineyard Sauvignon blanc from Lenswood, Adelaide Hills. We crush, destem, gently air bag press. Clear settle juice and cold ferment to dryness. No need for additions of acid (which is so common in Australia); our approach is to make the wine as naturally as possible with minimal additions. The fresh aromatics of the fruit are retained and, with gentle air bag pressing, harsh extractives are not generated. Alcohol 12.5%; pH 3.10; TA 7.1g/L as tartaric.

TASTING : Lifted aromas of pear, cut grass and hints of flowers. Fresh, fragrant and complex. Nothing heavy or vegetal. The palate has fresh fruit with a lively, juicy richness and a lingering, fresh acid edge to the finish. Full, long and delicate. This is a lively, tightly structured wine but with a generous, supple mid palate and a fine, long, savoury finish. - Geoff Weaver

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