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Out of Step dynamic duo Dave Chatfield and Nathan Reeves take Sauvignon Blanc more seriously than most, and it's fair to say that they have established themselves as one of the premier producers of the variety in the country. This particular incarnation is sourced from the renowned Willowlake Vineyard in the Yarra Valley, the 30-year-old vines creating a level of complexity and easy power in this wine that many other Yarra Sauv Blancs simply lack. It received 94 points from Campbell Mattinson who concluded "In all it’s an outstanding wine." Sauvignon Blanc made with complexity and flair. This is a top shelf example of the variety with a limited production.
What it Tastes Like
"Out of Step never seems to put a foot wrong. Boom boom. You could even say that Out of Step is a name to watch. This wine alone gives credit to that theory: it’s intense in a smooth, elegant way, its heart of barley and tropical fruit is kept tucked behind notes of gravel and woodsmoke. The thing is: picking individual flavours here is difficult. It just presents “as one”. The walls of oak and fruit are down; it’s a unified wine. The mouthfeel here has to be felt to be believed; this is super silken. In all it’s an outstanding wine." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
96 points "Gleaming straw-green; this really has echoes of the Loire Valley's Didier Dageneau: unashamedly opulent and complex, with a washing basket packed with fruits of every shape and description held together by bright, citrussy acidity and a savoury note poking its nose through just to help the complexity flag fly. This is another universe away from sauvignon blanc from Margaret River or Marlborough." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 94 points. "Out of Step never seems to put a foot wrong. Boom boom. You could even say that Out of Step is a name to watch. This wine alone gives credit to that theory: it’s intense in a smooth, elegant way, its heart of barley and tropical fruit is kept tucked behind notes of gravel and woodsmoke. The thing is: picking individual flavours here is difficult. It just presents “as one”. The walls of oak and fruit are down; it’s a unified wine. The mouthfeel here has to be felt to be believed; this is super silken. In all it’s an outstanding wine." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Site: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale (Yarra Valley), Victoria Hand picked, pressed to barrel & then wild yeast fermented & matured in 10% new/90% used French oak barriques & hogsheads. Partial MLF, no fining, racked, settled (but not filtered) & then into bottle. No additions other than sulphur dioxide.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Out Of Step
The thing that stands out about the Out Of Step range is the complete lack of pretension in the wines.
The duo of Nathan Reeves and David Chatfield make wine by the philosophy that, “To be great it must be real, expressive & honest.”
Based in the Yarra Valley, these two are forging a reputation for serious, eye catching wines at a great price.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
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