Pan Terra Reserve Queen of the Valley Barossa Blanc 2016 (12 x 750mL) SA

Barossa Blanc is a walk down memory lane to the early days of classic Barossa dry whites. Made exclusively from Barossa Semillon, the wine is unoaked and bottle conditioned for over 20 months before release. It is rich, dry and flavoursome. Once the undisputed “Queen of the Valley”, Semillon was more desirable and more widely planted than Shiraz. Today, most Semillon vineyards have been removed and the remaining old vines are treasured for small batch releases like this classic Barossa Blanc.

Overview

Barossa Blanc is a walk down memory lane to the early days of classic Barossa dry whites. Made exclusively from Barossa Semillon, the wine is unoaked and bottle conditioned for over 20 months before release. It is rich, dry and flavoursome. Once the undisputed “Queen of the Valley”, Semillon was more desirable and more widely planted than Shiraz. Today, most Semillon vineyards have been removed and the remaining old vines are treasured for small batch releases like this classic Barossa Blanc.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour - The colour is deep straw with rich golden hues.

Aroma - The bouquet is intense and refreshing with obvious citrus, lemon grass and hints of orange marmalade. There’s also creamy lanolin and a touch of buttery shortbread.

Palate - Fine, bottle aged Semillon from old Barossa vines is becoming increasingly rare with only a handful of vineyards remaining. Harvested early, this wine has high natural acidity for longevity and freshness. It’s had extended lees contact and partial malolactic fermentation to enhance the texture and structure as well as bring out the classic nuttiness and complex marmalade characters that will further develop over time.

Food Matching - This is a silky, dry white wine that can handle a wide repertoire of food partners. One of my summer favourites is crispy skin Atlantic salmon on the BBQ. Another great all-rounder is roast chicken with steamed green beans … or prawn dumplings, or tempura battered seafood. It has universal appeal.

Cellaring Potential - This wine is built to last. Under the right conditions, it will continue to develop for over a decade. The screw cap closure will allow gentle maturation and it will develop lovely bottle aged characteristics with time.