Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
Originally a coach inn for travellers on the three day journey between Perth and Margaret River, Cape Naturaliste also served as a destination for whale ships taking on supplies of vegetable grown to the valley's rich alluvial soil. A holistic, bio-dynamic philosophy, practised amongst the vines at Cape Naturaliste, yields harvests of grapes which are as natural as those picked off vineyards long ago. A brisk fermentation achieves the clean, fresh palate for which this style is so renowned.
The undulating topography of Cape Naturaliste is an asset for drainage. Sea based fertilisers and a fish head soup are employed to increase the micro- biologic life of soils. Norwegian Kelp is used as a foliant spray and has an immediate effect on the health of plants, contributing to evenness of fruit set. Pruning techniques, cropping levels, canopy treatment and restricted intrusion from vehicles, are just some of the measures taken to ensure that this unique vineyard produces the cleanest and healthiest fruit in Margaret River. Parcels of Semillon grown to rich alluvial flats are vinified alongside Sauvignon Blanc planted to sandy loam over limestone, alluvial flats and quartz gravels, to be bottled promptly upon completion.
Very pale grassy green hue. Bouquet shows stonefruit and tropical notes followed by hints of citrus. Fresh herbal flavours add weight to the palate which finishes clean to zippy acidity and a closing impression of freshness. A touch of barrel ferment on occasion is added to the wine, achieving a fuller mouthfeel and contributing to the wonderful depth of palate.