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The Smokestack Lightning wines from Dave Macintosh are interesting takes on white varieties made with some portion of skin contact and as little intervention as possible. They are pure expressions of vineyards with amazing vitality. A cleaner, more grown-up version of the Amber wine scene, you might say. The 2016 SCSB (Skin Contact Sauvignon Blanc) was grown on the picturesque Primavera vineyard in the Hoddles Creek sub-region of the Yarra Valley. It's Sauv Blanc in its most charismatic and enchanting form. It's just a brilliant drink, and one that's riddled with interesting twists and turns along the way. Only 75 dozen made.
What it Tastes Like
Far out this is tasty! The slightest hint of a 'fino' inflection, but roaring with fresh fruit aromas - passionfruit, guava, lemon myrtle tea. It tastes like you are biting into a ripe mango with a guava-like finish. It creates a slipstream of flavour - super juicy and thirst quenching to boot. It almost feels like a healthy juice more so than a wine. So pure but with a little hint of feathery grip through the mouth. Great revitalising drinking here.
Upper Yarra Sauvignon from the Primavera Vineyard in the Hoddles Creek subregion. 100% whole berry wild ferment and malo that slowly extracts, morphs and softens colour / flavour / aroma and tannin. 80 days on skins in a stainless vessel. No adds apart from a bit of sulphur at bottling. No fining or filtration.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 500mL
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
New Zealand born Dave Mackintosh is the head man at Arfion. After cutting his teeth at Oyster Bay, Dave settled in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and after working with Steve Flamsteed at Giant Steps, began his own brand Arfion: which means ‘Our Wine’ in Scottish Gaelic.
Dave is all about letting the fruit do the talking, guiding rather than forcing, constantly searching for the simplest way to get young, energetic wines into the bottle for people to enjoy. His Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are all effortless examples of wines made with a ‘less is more’ mentality. By working with some of the best growers in the Yarra Valley, Dave has put together a gorgeous range of wines that have interest and drinkability in spades.
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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