2019 Terrason Aligote

Terrason |King Valley |Aligote
A very good (and rare) look at this lesser-known white Burgundian variety. It's a full-flavoured white with loads of charm.

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Marc, the owner/winemaker at Terrason Wines, has a long history with Aligoté.

He's made some excellent examples in the cellars of Burgundy - from Gevrey-Chambertin to Meursault. Inspired by these wines, he sourced some rare cuttings from the Mornington Peninsula and grafted over some vines on their property in Whitlands.

This is a serious example of the variety. Full-figured, and toasty - fermented on full solids for added texture and palate weight.

There are very few examples of Aligoté in Australia - here's your chance to se why more and more producers are scrambling for cuttings of this Burgundian favourite.

Grafted two winters ago from cuttings taken in the Mornington Peninsula. Grown in the deep volcanic soils of Whitfield in the King Valley. Hand picked, crushed and pressed straight to a 2500l Stockinger foudré for natural fermentation on full solids. Eleven month elevage without any movement. Lightly filtered and un-fined in preparation for bottling.

My first experience with Aligoté was in Gevrey Chambertin which was made into a stunning Bourgogne Blanc for staff and clients, later in Meursault a more serious rendition. Often misunderstood it's an age-worthy variety that can be cellared for a decade and more. Expect to see citrus, alpine herbs, and a saline/brininess that is derived from the iron rich ancient volcanic soils.

89 Points - "The palate is good, silky and milky, lovely texture, a little salinity, but unresolved as yet to smell with banana skins and parmesan rind. Fresh and gently skinsy on the finish. Doesn’t seem ready as yet. Wait awhile." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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