96 POINTS WINESTATE FINALIST 2023 (12,000 wines judged, with this wine in the grand final for the WINE OF THE YEAR) 87 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY 2023
From Sardinia in Italy, with no malolactic fermentation, this displays flavours of nashi pear, apricot pith & ginger spice, with wisps of saline sea spray across the nose, resplendent with floral notes. It is bright, clean, crisp & has an elusive nutty almond quality. Mineral overtones dominate with a firm line of acidity.
This one made with fruit from Chalmers (probably Merbein), Heritage Estate have planted their own Vermentino and should have a wine made with estate fruit in 2023 – 2024.
The wine looks rather like very pale pear juice in the glass with some very shyly reticent glints of golden light. It is powerfully perfumed with mandarin pith, pink guava, a slightly tangy citrus rind and golden kiwi fruit all floating in wafts of seaspray.
The palate is driven by a long straight line of refreshing acidity but it still manages a slight smooth caressing mouthfeel. The flavours are generous and you will encounter green apple, lychees, honey suckle, lemon grass, nashi pear, apricot, golden kiwifruit, ginger and fennel with a lick of mineral finale. There is no competition among the wines flavours, each component lightly takes the stage and then with considerate benevolence recedes allowing the next player into the spotlight.
This will be a lovely wine to consume in the upcoming summer months and will provide pleasure for a few more years. Another lovely Vermentino from The Granite Belt albeit with southern fruit. Given how well Vermentino does on The Granite Belt it’s exciting to anticipate the upcoming estate fruit wines.