Coates The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019
SPECIAL buy 6 or more. 95 points, Halliday “..an incredibly sophisticated wine..”
Duane Coates is one of the quiet achievers of the Australian Wine Scene (Masters in Oenology and an MBA from Adelaide University & newly crowned Master of Wine). His winemaking philosophy is simple: the highest quality fruit from sustainable vineyards (some organic), harvest when properly ripe and a natural winemaking approach (minimal intervention – wild yeasts, unfined, no additions of tannin, enzyme and acid).
Huon Hooke said: “ Every wine I’ve tasted of McLaren Vale’s Duane Coates has been excellent…” Highly impressive wines – a style that bridges the gap between fruit driven Australian style and savoury complex wines of old world Europe.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, from leading international website erobertparker.com said – “..a breath of fresh air in this area where a lot of producers seem to be following the herd down that incredibly ripe and sometimes over-ripe path that has caused not a few producers to come unstuck in heat-wave and drought conditions. These are superbly-crafted, well-priced wines that are wholeheartedly recommended’.
From the winemaker: “The current release from 2019 is the results of the tweaking of winemaking style and vineyard locations as we constantly seek to build better balance and complexity into our wines. The fruit is sourced from two vineyard blocks in the Kuitpo region of the Adelaide Hills (which is where the Coates winery based). A cool climate location ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.“
“Our winemaking style is traditional with a gentle press of the grapes to yield the softest fruit characters. The Semillon (70%) and Sauvignon Blanc (30%) were picked and pressed at different harvest times then the juice combined in tank to cold settle. The Sem Sav juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in 50% new and 50% one year old French oak barrels then aged on lees for five months. Blended and bottled in August 2019, The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc will be drinking well for another eight to ten years.”
This pristine wine is delicious ..reminds me a little of fine white bordeaux. Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained tropical fruits accompanied by lemongrass and a hint of brioche. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and delicious toast notes leading into a long, crisp finish.
95 points, Ned Goodwin MW, 2021 Halliday Australian Wine Companion “This is an incredibly sophisticated wine that pays homage to the great whites of Graves, the blend’s spiritual home. 60% semillon and 40% sauvignon, fermented under the aegis of wild yeast in an even divvy of new and used oak. The culture at Coates is one of adroit restraint: appropriating international experience to the conditions at hand. Lanolin, curd and guava. Despite the wine’s approachability, this will age very well mid-term.”
RRP $28 Our Special Buy $23.99 when you buy 6 or more of this wine.
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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