Alex's Verdelho 2016

Region: South Eastern Australia
Varietal: 100% Verdelho
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: 2018 - 2020

The wine is medium straw in colour with green tinges, suggesting freshness and youth but also richness of flavour.  On the nose are aromas of pineapple, paw paw and passionfruit – a vertiable fruit salad.  The palate is equally reminiscent of a range of tropical fruits with a zesty, sherbet-like acidity and a clean citrus finish.  Unoaked, the wine is crisp and refreshing.

Viticulturist Notes

This wine was made from Verdelho grapes, sourced primarily from our Sinclair Vineyards winthin the Goulburn Valley, Central Victoria.  Grapes were picked and crushed during the cool of night so as to retain their fresh, varietal flavours.  The juice was fermented cool to allow the tropical esters and aromas to dominate, with the palate remaining fresh and clean.  The resulting wine is fresh, fruity and easy to drink, the only problem being you will need a second glass!

Wine Harvest Notes

The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious! There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once. Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could. Thankfully we worked our way through it, and the resulting quality is excellent.

Food Recommendations:

Great on its own or as an aperitif, this wine is also an excellent match with a wide range of foods including char-grilled seafood and vegetarian dishes.