Matt Burton from Gundog Estate has created the Indomitus range as a challenge to the norms of winemaking for Semillon and Shiraz. The packaging also attractive “based on photographs taken (by Aaron, Matt’s brother) of the 12th century Ta Prohm temple located within Cambodia’s sprawling Angkor Wat. Unlike other temples here, Ta Prohm has been left largely undisturbed since discovery. Untouched, the Ta Prohm ruins demonstrate the rule of nature over man-made monuments, once protective hands are withdrawn.” A parallel with how Matt is approaching the winemaking.
The fruit for this was taken from the Vernon’s dry grown vineyard Mount View. Fermented on 30% skins with wild yeast, then matured for another 5 or so months on skins and lees. Minimal additions and bottled without fining. Almost a ‘natural wine.’
Gundog Estate, Indomitus Albus, Semillon, Hunter Valley, 2017
A clear, pale sunshine yellow colour in the glass. Opens with rich aromas of lemongrass, lemon citrus, a hint of creamy vanilla and a kiss of musk thanks to 2% gewurztraminer. Serious, complex flavour layers of rich, smoky lemon and lemongrass citrus with bell-tone clear acidity that doesn’t dominate as it would other youthful semillons. A well made exercise in structure.
Wine sample courtesy of Gundog Estate