Block 1 consists of some of the oldest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Margaret River. On a steep gravelly slope these old dry-grown vines produce a very small crop of bright and varietally expressive Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with a depth of flavour and intensity rarely seen in these varieties.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
"Made from the grapes ex some of the oldest vines (dry grown) of semillon and sauvignon blanc in Margaret River with some barrel ferment. It is a wine of startling intensity and length, the oak swept away by the tsunami of citrus, grass and snow pea flavours; a long, bone-dry finish."96 points - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2014, 10 July 2013
"Comes from some of the oldest semillon and sauvignon blanc vines in Margaret River. Has perhaps the most distinctive semillon character of any of these wines, with a fine penetrating line of citrus and spice dominating the nose. The palate is augmented with a little oak while remarkable. A super wine for now or a little further cellaring." Click here to download presenter.Rating 95 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian - Fresh, Top 100 Australian Whites, 5 December 2013
"The fruit of some of Margaret River's oldest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines is sensitively co-fermented in old oak to build seamless integration and textural depth. It's tightly controlled, toned and age-worthy."94 points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine, 1 December 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale straw colour with fresh green tinges.
The bouquet is fresh and clean with classic grassy elements typical of this region but with a lemony minerality distinctive to this block. The nose is more complex than most SSB blends with an underlying toasty nuance.
The palate is bright and fresh with vibrant citric, gooseberry and lychee-like flavours, all at a level of intensity greater than expected. The oak is almost impossible to detect other than it adds a textural dimension to what is normally a simple fresh and lively wine style. The 2012 Block 1 SSB has an amazing palate extension with the flavour lingering to a clean ultra dry finish.