Origin: Plantagenet Wines, Great Southern Region, Western Australia
Taste guide: Dry, gooseberry and passion fruit, herbal notes, good minerality, crisp and fresh, part oaked
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
Estate grown and bottled
The Great Southern wine region is the coolest of Western Australia's viticultural areas, enjoying a maritime influenced, Mediterranean climate. The fruit for this wine was sourced predominantly from Omrah's Mount Barker vineyards in Rosetta and Hayview with 15% from International Hill vineyard, in the Frankland region. The 2014 growing season and harvest was excellent with a nice steady stream of fruit coming into the winery at peak ripeness. Sauvignon Blanc from the 2014 vintage is intense and pure.
Cold, quick, gentle processing is the philosophy at Omrah for Sauvignon Blanc. The clean juice was racked off the lees after four days settling and innoculated with a couple of different strains of yeast that cope with cool fermentation temperatures. 20% of the wine was oak barrel fermented and left on its lees for six weeks to enhance mouth feel and complexity without sacrificing fruit integrity and intensity. The wine was filtered and bottled in early September.
Open Omrah Sauvignon Blanc and discover intense gooseberry and passion fruit overlying subtle dried herb characters. A zesty palate presents bright, clear citrus and pure acidity. A fine and restrained wine that illustrates a season of lower alcohol and great freshness.
This is a far more restrained style of Sauvignon Blanc than that from New Zealand, very subtle and refined and more like a Bordeaux White. This style gives longevity to the wine with the winery indicating ageing potential of 2-4 years from release, so this vintage is at its best now.
The 2014 wine which we have is the current vintage being offered by the importer and is the one sold in quality wine merchants across the country, with prices seen up to £10.50. However, one outlet we saw was asking £13.50!!
Binendwines' price was £6.95 - now £5.95 to clear the last few bottles. Less than half price.