2015 Mammoth Rare White

Full noise Sauvignon Blanc from the guru of whole bunch winemaking, Michael Glover.

Sale price$49.00


During his days a Bannockburn in Geelong, VIC, Michael Glover caused quite a stir with his opinions on Sauvignon Blanc.

Never content to make a boring wine, Michael set about experimenting with whole bunch ferments on white grapes, Sauvignon Blanc in particular.

The results were very impressive. It turned out that you can extract a wide array of flavours and aromas from Sauvignon with some whole berry ferment taking the humble old Sauv Blanc into brave new territory.

The Mammoth Rare White is the next step in that exploration. It's a full-noise Sauv from an organically farmed vineyard in Nelson, NZ.

It's bold, unabashed and a little risqué. Wicked drinking.

The fruit is picked by hand, and whole bunches go into an eight-tonne concrete fermenter. Then, after two weeks of carbonic, the bunches are pressed, and they finish their primary fermentation in a mix of Chassin coopered puncheons, Billon acacia hogsheads and Glover's bespoke 'Che Glovera', cigar-shaped barrels.

These latter 200-litre vessels are elongated (Dagueneau style) and increase the lees to wine ratio, which helps the winemaker in his quest to, "pursue texture and mouth-feel, which don't necessarily come naturally to Sauvignon...".

The wine stays in these casks for a year without being touched before the lees are stirred back into suspension. Then the wines are blended into tank for a further six months on lees.

93 Points - "It’s going to rattle some cages. Great volume of wild, fascinating scent. Leads with pepper, cumin, green herbs, preserved citrus. Smoky and flinty elements wrapped through just juicy then firm chalky texture. It’s incredibly lengthy in flavour, coiled and relentless in its layers. Fascinating and delicious, is the take home. Highly varietal yet so much more. This would be a gourmand’s best friend – the reach would be epic with so many dishes. Exciting." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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