2016 AIRLIE BANK BLANC III
“Lemongrass, hay, ginger, vanilla custard, dried apple”
Tim Shand, Head Winemaker
The earliness of vintage 2016 was largely climatic, but a bit lunar as well. The flowering of the vines occurred during a very warm, dry spell – perfect conditions for an even fruit set. Those conditions endured throughout Christmas and into January. We had just enough rainfall (in two big events) to squeak us through – but it was touch and go there for a while. The early Easter (the first full moon after the vernal equinox being late March) reminds us that nature takes its cues from the moon – and will not be argued with!
The third instalment of Blanc reflects a dry, hot year in the Yarra. The varieties that sung through the heat were viognier, gewürztraminer and (to a lesser extent) sav blanc. We fermented a parcel of each on skins with gentle maceration. Pressed to old hogsheads. Racked from oak, no finings or filtration, then racked to bottle. The least esoteric, but most drinkable, of the blancs so far.
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