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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourVery pale and in brilliant condition ? classic youthful Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc.
AromaLovely aromatic lift and perfume as a result from the mild 2015 Margaret River summer. Passionfruit, fig, snow pea and honeydew melon aromas fill the nose. A subtle grassy note adds the stamp of Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River.
PalateAn intensely flavoured palate with juicy acidity. Passionfruit, fig and melon drive the palate which is superbly balanced and long.
Growing ConditionsThe 2014 growing season in Margaret River commenced with what seems like text book Spring conditions when you look at the data. Coming off a lovely cool, wet winter only just under the long-term rainfall average and consistently low temperatures until the vines burst away in a slightly warmer than normal month of August, September and October temperatures were right on the long-term average with no extremes and November was a copy of October with ideal temperatures for that month albeit slightly mild being under the long-term average. The rainfall data for these months also portrays an ideal picture with September and November being spot on their average and October being only slightly under. However, the storms and wind that accompanied this rain plus the frequency of rain events during these months (especially November which had 9 rain days evenly spread throughout the month) meant that flowering conditions were not ideal in many vineyards and subsequent fruit set and yield was variable and/or down. The region then moved into weather from December to March that Margaret River is renowned for. Four months where the temperatures were right on the long-term average with no spikes and lovely cool nights, with a period of 10 consecutive days of very special and well-timed warm weather in late January into early February. This period was also very dry - only 17mm of rain falling in three and a half months! Then the 39mm of rain received from 17-19-March from the tail of Cyclone Olwyn was perfectly timed as all our white varieties had been harvested and the timing and volume of this rainfall event was ideal to freshen the reds and kick them on to achieve full ripeness and ideal balance - a trait of the vintage. Conditions then returned to near perfection until there was significant follow up rain that commenced on 8-April with our final harvest being on??.the 8-April! Over 120mm of rain ended up falling in April which is the highest since 1990 ? something that will put the vines in good stead heading into the 2016 vintage. All in all, it was a vintage in Margaret River where we were lucky (quite a consistent theme here) as although yields were painfully low and bird damage compounded the situation, it was the low yields at the end of the day that has really helped take quality to the level expected from Margaret River.
Vinification/MaturationOur Breathing Space Sauvignon Blanc is produced from our vineyards that cover the entire Margaret River winegrowing region. This approach is unique as it captures the array of Sauvignon Blanc characters in the end wine that change as you move throughout the region. All fruit for this wine was picked between midnight and sunrise which ensured the fruit reached the winery as cool as possible. Fruit from select vineyard blocks with green, flavoursome skins protected from the sun during ripening were allowed extended time on skins prior to pressing. This imparts mouthfeel and assists in extracting the intense flavours from the Sauvignon Blanc grape skin. Following a light pressing, the juice was cold settled in tank at 10 degrees C for approximately 48hrs before being racked, warmed to 17 degrees C and inoculated with a selected yeast strain. This yeast strain helped preserve the aromatic intensity of the characters typically found in Sauvignon Blanc. During fermentation, cool temperature was utilised to encourage aroma production, texture and overall varietal character. On completion of fermentation, most batches were chilled to 0 degrees C and clarified within 48hrs to avoid extended contact on yeast lees. The wine was then blended and lightly fined before being stabilised and filtered only once to produce a bottle ready wine. This minimal handling has helped to retain the attractive primary fruit flavours and aromas so critical to our Breathing Space style.
Acidity (TA)6.77 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date20-05-2015
Peak DrinkingWill drink well through to 2017
Recommended Food PairingTropical fruit and seafood tapas

Margaret River is capable of making truly beautiful wines from many varieties and this wine serves as a reminder that Sauvignon Blanc can be one of the most refreshing wine styles out there. Evans & Tate, in the heart of this maritime climate, has created a pure expressive example with refreshing acidity to make the perfect summer companion.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm


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