Gilbert 2018 Skin Contact Sauvignon Blanc
Sourced from the foothills of Mt Canobolas, Orange at an altitude of 970 meters above sea level, these vineyards have extremely fertile soil, rich in volcanic ash. It is deep well drained clay loam, and red and brown ferrosol soils derived from basalt, with silty textures being found at hill top sites
One of NSW’s cooler regions, Orange has a mean January temperature of 19.5°C with a 15°C variance between summer and winter months, an average rainfall of approximately 875mm per an num. With Orange being the highest wine growing region in Australia, grapes grown here not only enjoy all the benefits of its cooler temperatures, and unique typography, but also benefit from over 9hrs per day of direct sunshine during the growing season. The combination of both the cooler climate and plentiful sunshine, is vital to the fruits ability to develop intense aromas and maintain flavour, giving these grapes a long mouth feel and flavour profile.
Fruit was handpicked and then destemmed into a small stainless steel fermenter. Cold soaked for three days with a light punch down daily. Cooling was then turned off and fermentation commenced with wild yeast. Light punchdowns then occured daily for the duration of the ferment. The ferment was then basket pressed after 8 days on skins at 3 baume and matured in old neutral French oak for 8 months on light lees and stirred monthly. Partial malolactic fermentation took place, adding a nice balanced, creamy texture.