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Margaret River has been a happy hunting ground for many years for those who enjoy premium examples of Sauvignon Blanc. The Amato Vino Barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc is Brad Wehr's take on the exceptional oaked white wines made famous in Bordeaux. This is the very best Sauvignon fruit in the Amato Vino portfolio naturally fermented with time on skins in barrel. It's a Sauvignon striving for power and complexity. The oak tuned in perfectly, the varietal characters shining through with determination. It's a wine for those who like full-bodied, textural whites that pack a punch. Only 99 dozen made.
What it Tastes Like
Gun smoke over ripe pineapple, custard apple, guava, vanilla and cut grass. There great interplay here between oak and fruit. The barrel characters framing the tropical fruit so well. Flavour goes long with mouth-filling texture. It's chewy, creamy yet cut with refreshing acidity. Very good example of oaked Sauvignon, here.
94 points "Cloudy but fine, as they say in the classics. Just-ripe pineapple, spice and smoke, slight acetone perkiness, vanilla, lime and apple. Complex. Very good too. Has a silky smooth feel, unobtrusive acidity, juiciness, savoury elements, and a ripe grapefruit tang in the finish. Such a good drink. It’s subdued, and very tasty." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Fruit sourced from the western Wallcliffe sub-region. Fermented wild in one-year French oak barriques and a puncheon; aged on lees, gently stirred for 8 months. This wine has a bright golden colour and appears cloudy (deliberately) from the minimal settling and zero fining/filtration.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Brad Wehr’s Amato Vino label is equal parts traditional and experimental. His Wine By Brad and Mantra labels exemplify the best of classic Margaret River varieties while the Amato Vino label showcases some of the most exciting experimental wines in the country. From innovative winemaking techniques and emerging varieties the eclectic and innovative, Amato Vino is a name to watch in the West.
Margaret River is recognised as one of the country’s finest wine growing regions. The quality of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rival the very best in the world. But Margaret River is no two-trick-pony. There, Tempranillo and Malbec are excelling, Touriga Nacional seems to be quite at home, Chenin Blanc is getting serious and even pockets of Nebbiolo are rearing their heads. Watch this space. Who knows what new surprises are just around the corner from this famous region.
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