Walsh & Sons Little Poppet 2017
SPECIAL DOZEN BUY. Semillon & Chardonnay blend from WA.
Walsh and Sons is about little wines with big personalities. By using biodynamic methods in their vineyard and natural winemaking techniques they aim to make lighter styles that are fun, youthful and different to the mainstream.
“We believe that it’s our differences that set us apart and so we choose to enhance these in our wines rather than suppress them. You won’t find clean edges and tarted up tastes more like a grubby sand pit or a snotty nose.
Our philosophies are developed through transcending the tangible senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. Our winemaking relies very much on the non-tangible senses of inspiration, intuition and innovation. But using these we seek out a more informed expression of who we are whilst respecting the purity of our natural ingredients.” Winemakers, Ryan and Freya.
Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen have been involved in winemaking at the vineyard and winery level since their childhoods (Freya is the daughter of David Hohnen, one of the founders of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay) Both have travelled the globe to further their knowledge in places such as France, USA, Spain and Switzerland. But their home will always be in Margaret River, WA …. “In the grand scale of things we believe Margaret River is still youthful in its wine age. We believe in technique over technology so our wines retain their raw personalities.”
“Much is yet to be discovered in style and soils and so we make wines from grapes and label them on localities as opposed to the generalised sub regions. Most of our fruit comes from family owned entities in the location of Burnside and Osmington but we do dabble outside the boundaries with friends.
Our immediate family, consisting of our two sons Roi and Hamish, are what we enjoy the most. We’re a little worn of seeing older generations named on bottles when so much lies with our youth. Our core wines are mirrored on personalities of our younger extended family. They sometimes push the boundaries.” Winemakers, Ryan and Freya.
About this wine from the winemaker: “We have blended Semillon (85%) and Chardonnay (15%) for the intrigue. Our wines are designed to have edgy bits because we think its these differences that define us. To that end it’s not fined or filtered.”
The Semillon is from sandy clay soils in east Margaret River in a locality known as Osmington. It is eastern
Margaret River with cooler nights. Planted in 1998, it borders the coal seam that runs from Dunsborough to Augusta making the soils slighter in structure but higher in aromatics particularly sulphides. The Chardonnay is from Freya’s family property (the original Cape Mentelle vineyard) set on the Margaret river itself in a locality called Burnside. Planted in 1981 by her father David its unique micaceous black soils are only 2km from where the river meets the ocean. Very steep vineyard (25-30 degree gradient so forget machine harvesters!) with a northerly aspect.
Ryan says: “We choose family names from our younger generation because its only right that wine with personalities have a name to match. This wine has natural acid backbone, pure blue eyes and dry almost red tannins from a bit of old oak and Semillon skins … My niece Minty Poppet is a red haired blue eyed little bird with cat-like charm. In the same way, there’s a few contradictions in this wine that we hope you’ll enjoy.” 12.5% Alc
This has quickly become my house wine no doubt top notch fruit the main contributor to the ‘genie’ in the bottle … it brims with personality, texture and finesse. Semillon offers mouthwatering citrus, flinty minerality, chardonnay rounds out palate with juicy white peach, matchstick and more-ish oak. Every glass from the first to the last sip of the bottle reveals another level of delicious intrigue.
91 Points, James Halliday’s 2019 Australian Wine Companion.
Alc 12.5% RRP $27 **Only $21.99 when you buy 12 of this wine**
Walsh & Sons
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Australia, Margaret River, Western Australia
Chardonnay, Semillon, White Blend
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