Konpira Maru Admiral Akbar Semillon 2018
'Almost the perfect year at Quarry Ridge, with even ripening from budburst through to harvest leading to beautiful fresh aromatics backed with some mature tannins. Every year has been a slightly different expression of the Ackbar, as we slowly refine our method for this wine. The first year was super clean and had a bit of old barrel aging. The next year was skinsier and really let the juiciness sing against the tannin. This year is in the middle, with all those characters as well as a fascinating oiliness. The idea is to make a textural but smashable white that is great with sardines. In contrast to the Adama, it is fermented on skins, but pressed at the end of ferment to protect the juicy character of these grapes. We love semillon for its malleability and certainly the 2018s show this range. Great variety that. Really interesting wine too, with a sort of soave start and a herbal finish which is so classic for skin contact semillon, certainly from this vineyard.
Quarry Ridge Vineyard, Kilmore VIC
100% Semillon. Picked 28th of March. Soaked for 48 hours as whole berry then destemmed and fermented as whole berry. Gently plunged once per day to control extraction and pressed at 1 baume. Racked 3 times. 12.1% abv. 3941 bottles.
Light straw with a bronze tinge. A nose of musk stick, lemongrass and pawpaw. An oily but textural front palate finishes with coriander seed and fennel. Firm but integrated tannins and crunchy acid make it a great drop with food.'
- Konpira Maru