Snake and Herring ‘Perfect Day’ Sauvignon Blanc + Semillon 2016
83% Karridale Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Karridale Semillon
100% Margaret River
The Karridale subregion is home to the finest Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Margaret River. Crisp higher natural acids; aromatic citrus fruit profiles; extended slower ripening and more fruit intensity: what’s not to like?
Semillon has always colluded with Savvy. Our choice of Karridale Semillon is due to its lemon pith midpalate and racy mineral acidity that complements and extends the punchy Sauvignon profile. The Sauvignon Blanc is carefully hand leaf plucked to prevent sunburn and preserve acidity and freshness.
The 2016 vintage was early due to a warmer winter leading onto earlier budburst. Total growing and ripening times on the vines were normal, however, as the summer turned out to be cool with regular rain. Acids and aromatics were well preserved by the cool nights in Karridale. Harvesting was approximately 2 weeks earlier than “normal”. We sourced this fruit from 2 vineyards.
All parcels were machine picked and pressed. The cloudy Semillon juice was pressed to old 500L puncheons for wild barrel ferment. Both the Sauvignon Blanc parcels were pressed to both tank (51%) and barrel (10%) with medium solids in both. All components were kept on their lees for 5 months enhancing texture and complexity. Overall 49% of the blend was barrel fermented with 10% new oak.
The 2016 Perfect Day combines freshness and complexity with fresh guava, grapefruit and flint. The texture is tight and savoury reflecting cooler ripening conditions, barrel ferment complexity and lees contact. Bone dry but with great fruit length and a pithy mineral finish this 2016 may be our greatest yet. Succulent today, it will develop more complexity and richness with 2-3 years age.
Made in Margaret River, Western Australia.
750ml Bottle Size