2021 Dune Tenere

Dune's exploration of 'alternative' McLaren Vale continues with this juicy, sun-soaked Chenin Blanc!
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Dune's rapid rise over just a few years has been one of McLaren Vale's most exciting stories, and this is another enthralling and delicioius chapter!

It comes from 70-year-old dry-grown vines, with the resulting concentration of bright, ripe tropical fruits further beefed up with two weeks on skins and six months in barrel.

It's bright yellow/orange in colour, bursting with freshly cut tropical fruit, with a bit of grip and texture on close. This is Summer in a glass, and terrific value.

Aromas of peach skin, preserved lemons, brine and almond. The palate is defined by the waxy texture and fine chalky tannin which makes it a very interesting food wine. The palate has plenty of pears, lemon barley, saline and tonic like finish.

Dune Tenere is about exploring different winemaking techniques to make a wine with texture, phenolics and flavour complexity. We use Chenin Blanc from a neighbouring property in Blewitt Springs, planted in 1950 and grown on sand.

The fruit is picked, destemmed and straight to an open fermenter to complete its fermentation on skins. Once the fermentation is complete we cover the ferment and leave it on skins for an extended period before pressing to barrel. We age the wine in French hogsheads for approximately 6 months before bottling. No fining and no filtration, hence the wine will have a cloudy appearance

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Blend: Chennin Blanc (100%)
ABV: 12%
Closure: 750ml
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    smashable natty reasonably neutral. quality, there is better but quaff it up

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Dune

Duncan and Peter Lloyd are the latest generation of Lloyds (of Coriole fame) to make wine in McLaren Vale.

Growing up immersed in the hotbed of food and wine culture that is McLaren Vale, the boys have now partnered up to start their own wine project with a stunning vineyard in Blewitt Springs as the centrepiece.

The grapes are farmed organically, the wines are made with a gentle touch, but rather than let the 'minimal intervention' philosophy hem them in with dogma, the boys are free to tinker and blend as they see fit.

These are fantastic, energetic wines that have set a cracking pace with only a few vintages under the brand's belt. Keep your eyes peeled for what's next for the brothers Lloyd.

Duncan and Peter Lloyd in the Dune vineyard - McLaren Vale, SA Dune

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