2021 Combes Beauty Runs The Gauntlet On Skins Sauvignon Blanc

King Valley, VIC

Skin contact Sauvignon Blanc not for the faint of heart. Powerful, herbal, grippy stuff.




About The Wine

SOS. Sauvignon On Skins. A lifeboat wine for lovers of orange wines and super aromatic and herbal Sauvignon.

King Valley Savvy is fermented on skins for three weeks before maturation in old oak. Plenty of pepper, olive oil, wild grass and herb characters and a chewy, sinewy palate.

Very savoury, unusual wine with a briney element to the finish. Oyster Bay don't live here.

About Combes

The Combes wines are made by thoughtful young avant-garde wine producer, Oscar Hermann.

Sourced from excellent vineyards in the Yarra Valley and farther afield, Oscar takes a minimal intervention approach to his winemaking practices.

The wines coming out of his cellar are excellent. They are raw, energetic and show a distinct sense of place. Each bottle you open feels like it's a living thing. Each vineyard he showcases shines in the glass.

As Mike Bennie once wrote about his eclectic suite of wines, "you should dive in."

Winemaker Oscar Hermann
Winemaker Oscar Hermann
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Sourced from our mates Marco and Gina’s plot in the King Valley, here’s an homage to the great skin-contact amber wines of Italy’s northern Friuli pocket. Read: plenty of spice, drive and structure. The berries were destemmed and fermented on their skins for 21 days, with daily plunging, then gently pressed to old barriques for full malolactic fermentation. Unfurling with lovely aromas of white pepper, peach skin, orange peel and fresh alpine herbs, it’s a layered, savoury expression that’s framed by bright acids and fine, grippy tannins.

Blend : Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
ABV : 12.3%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Oscar pruning in the vineyard
Oscar pruning in the vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"King Valley sauvignon blanc that sees 21 days of skin fermentation, ‘an homage to Friuli’, which is ironic in a way as Friuli tradition would run a mile from a 100% sauvignon blanc skin ferment, but hey. Sauvignon blanc with skin ferment seems to dial up a lot of already overt characters in wine, not always to success, for me. So green, cats pee and snow peas, lemon juice, wet lawn, mangroves. Flavours are similar, some nice saline mineral notes, a touch of cashew nut savouriness, but mostly greenery, like a sour green juice or similar. It’s loud and kind of obnoxious but an audience will love the noise." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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