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Symphonia Wines King Valley Petit Manseng 2008 £18.95
Symphonia Wines King Valley Petit Manseng 2008
Though planting the likes of Saperavi, Tannat, Petit Manseng, Tempranillo and Albarino in Australia would no longer seem left-field, to have planted them in the 1980s was visionary thinking.
Believing that the cool, alpine-like climate of Victoria’s King Valley was ideal for these varieties, Peter Ried (now retired) set about establishing Symphonia. His vision and belief are continued today by Peter and Suzanne Evans who champion these quirky varieties creating unexpected freshness and intriguing longevity in the wines proving that Peter did have an immense vision.
This vineyard block is located at the bottom of the estate with rows running North-South. Shoot and bunch thinning assist in the crop achieving its full flavour potential. The naturally thick skins of this small-berried variety, more commonly found in the South West of France protect the grape from the disease.
Hand-harvested very late in the season (mid to late April) this is often the last variety to be picked. Gentle pressing and a simple cool fermentation are followed by extended lees contact in the tank to build textural creamy complexity. Bottle age has extended the complex character of the wine and introduced some fascinating layers of flavour.
Intense citrus and lime aromas are followed by a creamy, complex, and powerful palate. The naturally high acidity at harvest is providing a lemon sorbet-like finish. The structure of this wine is unique with ultra-fine tannins giving the wine a powerful edge, excellent freshness and longevity. Simple french dishes with rich sauces and fish.