Part of d’Arenberg’s “The High Altitude Hillbillies” range. This aromatic white comes from the nearby Adelaide Hills and has a small percentage of the wine partially fermented in older French oak for two to three weeks.
d’Arenberg, The Broken Fishplate, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills, 2021
Punchy and overt introduction to the nose. All manner of cut green things: grass, snow peas and young asparagus spears. Some creamy nuances from barrel work offset passionfruit seed, lemon rind and white flowers. More structured through the almost mid weight palate. Phenolics offer depth, while the fruit stays citrusy and lean with an earthy undertone. Acidity is a touch brazen but keeps things lively.
Rating: 17.5/20 (90/100)
Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg