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2017 Out of Step Catbird

Yarra Valley, VIC

Meet Catbird! Natural, experimental, delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Out of Step crew.

$25.00

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About The Wine

Technically, this wine has no name, only the bizarre image on the front of the bottle so for sake of ease we are going to call it Catbird.

"It's kind of based around the concept of the wine being a bit of a mongrel, in terms of how it was made (whole bunch white picked pretty late, no fining, no filtration, no sulphur)."

This is the Out of Step boys stepping out into uncharted territory, an experimental wine for them, hence the 90 dozen production.

As sometimes happens in wine, this just worked. It's made from Sauvignon Blanc but the variety is hardly relevant, this is just great fun and something a little different!

About The Producer

Dave Chatfield is the man behind the Out Of Step project.

After working vineyards in the Yarra Valley for years, Dave decided it was time to start his own thing.

The philosophy behind his wines: “To be great it must be real, expressive & honest.”

The wines are made with very little tinkering in the winery, allowing the great vineyards he sources fruit from to shine.

Based in the Yarra Valley, but sourcing fruit from various parts of Victoria, Out Of Step is forging a reputation for serious, eye-catching wines at a great price.

Dave Chatfield, OoS winemaker
Dave Chatfield, OoS winemaker
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From The Producer

Whilst reluctant to be labeled (we are, after all, Out of Step!) if we had to pick a team our aspirations would probably fall mostly into the world of “fine wine”.

That concept of producing complex, age-worthy wines which reflect great sites, the season & the variety…….time & other people will be the arbiters as to whether this is something we achieve.

That said, the wine in question here, the 2017 Catbird, is firmly in some other camp. Sauvignon blanc fermented as whole bunches, pressed to old oak (2/3 after five days of fermentation, 1/3 after ten days) & gravity bottled under cork via hand without fining, filtration or sulphur dioxide. Making a white wine using red wine methods (i.e. skin contact) & eschewing the use of sulphur dioxide is hardly innovative these days, but it is also far from the norm.

And sauvignon blanc made this way undeniably produces something both interesting & delicious, two other parameters that are incredibly important to what we do…….& sometimes we just want to have fun……

Blend : Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Closure : Cork
Bottle Size : 750ml

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Shredded wheat, esters and bath bombs at the fore. Dry straw, lemon grass, lemoncello acid sweeping through the mouth. Sweet mandarin and crystallised ginger. Skinsy texture, as you would think. Nice grip and an awesome spicy jalapeno thing at the back. Top me up, please. - Different Drop Wine Team

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Complex yet drinkable

Beautiful take on Yarra Sauvignon Blanc - whole bunch and skins add interest and dial down the acidity. Beautifully balanced and a lovely food wine - we devoured a bottle with oysters.

Funk is there but not overwhelming. Would definitely purchase again.

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