2017 Smokestack Sauvignon Blanc

Yarra Valley, VIC

Experimental skin contact Sauv Blanc. Wild and downright delicious.


Out of Stock

Categories: Arfion

About The Wine

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 2017 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.

About Arfion

New Zealand born Dave "Bro" 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.

Dave Bro at home in the winery
Dave Bro at home in the winery
Yarra Valley, VIC

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Lemon, lemon curd, touch of herbal lift, some faint saline and fino characters. Crisp, crunchy, bright and clean. A lift of herbiness amongst crystalline lemony tang. Good length, brisk, fresh finish. A touch of chalky pucker and a pleasing bitterness lingers. Great drinking – a way to ease into the world of skin contact whites too." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Upper Yarra Sauvignon Blanc from the red volcanic soils of the Primavera Vineyard in the Woori Yallock subregion.

100% whole berry, wild primary ferment which sat on skins for 70 days. Full malolactic ferment and ageing in an old puncheon for 5 months.

No adds apart from a bit of sulphur at bottling.

No fining or filtration.

Just one rack to get off solids.

Blend : Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Bottle Size : 500ml


Shipping & Delivery

We ship primarily with Australia Post. Their fast, easy and reliable delivery is completely FREE for any orders of $150 or more, or just $9 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like.

The vast majority of orders are dispatched from our Sydney warehouse on the same or next business day. Estimated delivery time frames can be viewed here. Please include Authority to Leave instructions in the ‘SPECIAL REQUESTS’ box during checkout if you may not be available to sign for your delivery and would like it left at your front door.

Customer pickup is also available for Sydney customers, 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, except on Wednesdays when we are open until 7:30pm. A useful map on how to find us can be viewed here.

Lastly, orders are fully insured so you can buy with full confidence that these tasty beverages will get to you in tip-top shape. Moreover, our heat policy can be view here.

For any other shipping related inquiries, please see our helpful FAQ, email us at or call us on 1300 668 385..