Wines - 2018 YP Vermentino
Think of aromas of freshly cooked lemon meringue, a breeze of lemon verbena and a mouthful of
lemon sorbet and this pretty much sums up this vintage of Vermentino.
The palate doesn't disappoint with lemon custard components, beautiful texture and mouthfeel.
The new 2018 has a new home in a beautiful burgundy bottle which matches the merit of
winemaking and we are pretty excited for people to enjoy this over summer with their favourite
Vintage 2018 started out with great winter rainfalls up 10% on average. Spring and Summer were not as eventful with rain
down by upwards of 50% on average and above average temperatures for four of the six months. A bit of a later start to vintage
than normal, we only picked two blocks in February. March cooled down slightly and produced milder days which allowed the
fruit to ripen slower. Perfect for our style of trying to pick at lower sugar levels but maintaining the flavours we are after. All
the remaining fruit came in over March with the exception of one vineyard which was picked in April. Pretty good timing as at
the end of March Michael broke his leg in the winery but luckily there wasn't much left to do.
The fruit is machine picked in the cool of the night to avoid the heat and maintain freshness in the
grapes. We leave the fruit in the cool room over night to get as cool as possible and to spend some
time on the skins to extract more flavour before destemming and crushing the grapes the next day.
The crushed fruit then goes straight to the basket press and gently squeezed to avoid any harsh
phenolics and bitterness. The juice is then settled and racked to old French oak barrels to naturally
This 2018 vintage was 100% barrel fermented. We spent all night travelling back and forth from the
vineyard with children to make sure this was put straight into our coolroom and not left to be
delivered in the morning. We may have had very tired children and ourselves but feel this was worth
the heartache to maintain the freshness and keep cool.
Jim & Jill Mader - Light Pass 2006 - Grower / Vineyard
Way back in the early days, we decided we needed a white wine in the range. Not wanting to do the
same as everyone else, we were on the look out for something different. We loved the Varietal of
Vermentino from some Italian versions we had tried and knew this was what we needed. A year or
two had passed and our Vermentino dreams looked to get further and further away. One day at
work, Michael was speaking to a co worker (Jill Mader) and she mentioned she had Vermentino
planted and gave us a bottle from their first bottling. After we moved to our estate, it was a hot
summers night sitting on the verandah and we decided to crack open this bottle and instantly fell in
love. From that moment on wards we have taken the fruit from this vineyard which was the first
plantings of Vermentino in the Barossa Valley.