Snake & Herring Sabotage Riesling 2018
The Great Southern is renowned for its finely structured, elegant and long-lived Rieslings. Each of the 5 sub-regions is different in the way Riesling is expressed; part of the wonder of exploring Riesling from the Great Southern.
We have utilized Riesling from 2 vineyards for this wine; one in the Porongurups (the coolest of the subregions) and the other in the Frankland River subregion, the most continental of the subregions. The blend resulted in 80% Porongurup and 20% Frankland Riesling.
The Porongurup component is separated into free run and pressings fractions. The free run component is settled and the fermented in tank. The pressings are run direct to barrel and natural fermentation takes place. The Frankland component is 100% pressings and also wild fermented in barrel. The final blend is 53% free run and 47% barrel fermented pressings. The free run component is all about lean tight fruit and length; the barrel ferment components add texture and richness.
The 2018 Sabotage is our first release but we have been playing with different techniques for Riesling for several vintages. The vintage was cool and acidities were high; perfect for some barrel fermentation. Lime juice, wet quartz and some candied lemon characters are followed by preserved lemon and a herbal nuance on the palate. There is real texture on the palate from the barrel ferment and great drive through the finish with a lingering clean citrus acidity. A wine of great balance and complexity.