Michael Hall Wines Sang de Pigeon Blanc 2018
A field blend of Muscat A Petits Grains White, Muscat A Petits Grains Red, Crouchen, Riesling, Verdelho, Mataro, and Grenache.
'The Stonegarden vineyard in Springton was established in the 1860’s by Oscar Benno Seppelt. Post WWII, under the stewardship of the Hamilton family, a small block was co-planted to an eclectic mix of aromatic whites, a genuine field blend! Hand-picked, cold-soaked, fermented, barrel matured for 8 months and blended with 15% skins-fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Lenswood.
Racy, zesty and intensely aromatic. Apple orchard. Elderflower. Orange blossom. Blackcurrant. Powder-dry finish. 1980 bottle produced.'
- Michael Hall
'Mostly from the Stonegarden vineyard comes this (partly) skin fermented white wine. A mix of white varieties get 24 hours to soak, then are pressed off to old oak, with around 15% skin-fermented sauvignon blanc (Adelaide Hills) blended back in. Sum of parts does well here.
'Some nice chalkiness to texture, strong, floral and citrusy perfume, a light kiss of cashew nut nuttiness, faint saline character. Doing lots of things well. You’d call it a medium bodied, textural white but it’s also very refreshing in its way. Green apples jostle with citrus to taste more of the cashew and saltiness through the finish. For this wine, texture is a forte. It drinks an absolute charm.'
- 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Winefront