THE QUEEN

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Region-2
Valley Floor
Grape
Kalimna Semillon
Bottle
826 Bottles Produced

Fruit sourced from the rare and strange sandy soils of Kalimna in the Northern Barossa Valley. Renowned for it’s ability to grow complex and whimsical wines from Shiraz grapes white wines from this region are seldom seen.

The original grapes used for the Queen were Viognier and the last vintage of this wine was made in 2016. I had the goal of producing it bi-annually but when i approached the grower to procure the 2018 vintage I was informed that he had grafted all of his Viognier over to Shiraz. Unfortunate for me but completely understandable considering the value of Viognier in comparison to Shiraz. In 2020 fortune reappeared in the form of a grower with some Semillon from the sub-region of Kalimna, and I jumped at the opportunity to have a go at re-creating the Queen.

Picked on flavour and pressed just hard enough to extract some texture. The juice is temperature controlled and ferments over 14 days before being transferred to a two year old French aqua-flexed barrel and a seasoned French hogs head. The initial ferment ticks out in barrel and the wine then goes through partial secondary ferment all based on flavour, acidity and mouthfeel.

The Queen shows an extraordinary combination of playful perfume whilst showcasing a supple seriousness and breadth of body. She offers a poised line of acidity, great length and layers of complex tapestries to tantalize the taste buds.