Ravensworth 'The long way around' Frankland River Gewurtztraminer 2020
'From over 5000km they came - across both the Nullabor and Bass Strait - five trucks, one train and a boat carrying eight varieties, from five regions to finally reach home, Murrumbateman. You might say the long way around.
We knew early our fruit was toast from bushfires. Many friends from far away offered us fruit and processing space so we scratched together an eclectic mix of esoterica.
From the far reaches of WA, comes this super aromatic variety from Great Southern’s Frankland River.
Hard pressed to find on a map and exactly 2909 kilometres west from where I am sitting now in Murrumbateman, you really can’t fathom how hard it was to find the fruit here and that was before a global pandemic. The wine was processed at nearby Denmark’s iconic winery, Forest Hill. Under my vague instructions, it was suitably left alone to fend for itself. Processed back onto skins and left to ferment out and then a few extra weeks before pressing to tank ahead of a truck arriving to take the wine to Margaret River. Here it was loaded into 1,000l transportable tanks (IBC) loaded onto another truck that took it up to Perth. Next in it’s Homeresqque voyage, it was loaded into a chilled container on a long train and spent 3 days in transit to Sydney. From here our local carter brought to us on a cold early winter’s night in June.
Now, this wine, that I finally got a chance to taste, was transferred to demi-muid and there it sat, settling down somewhat from the trials and tribulations of the mighty Nullarbor plains and isolated SA, until January and quickly was bottled on our brand new bottling line.
A gloriously natural golden colour, looks like nectar. Still, given the long skin-contact, these quite heady lychee and rose aromas invade the nasal cavities which we now know go right to the back of our head it seems. The palate is textured and generous, fleetingly peppered with exotic flavour fruits and a slight, maybe I’m reaching to fill this space, ‘Out-of-date-but-still-good cheese aromas. A powerful and totally mesmerising wine I have to say.'