Crawford River
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon Beta 2017
Henty, Victoria

$32.00

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Style: White: Rich, full texture and silky.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base.

Farming: Organic

Oak: French Oak (10% new)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: No Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: ​When they planted this vineyard 1994, drilling of the posts was necessary due to the dry year and fossilised sea shells with chalky limestone came up from below the ironstone topsoil!  It is 100% whole bunch pressed to tank. After chilling and racking it is put into barrel.  Naturally ferment in its own time.  It spends around 11 months in majority older oak. Lots of citrus fruits on the nose, grapefruit and lime. Nuts, macadamia, almond and a soft chalky character underline this. The palate has a soft supple texture and is silky from front to back. Delicious drinking.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

John and Catherine Thomson planted the vineyard in 1975 at Crawford River, in far south-west Victoria. They were inspired by its potential to produce superior quality grapes after researching & experiencing many grape growing areas of the world. It was a relatively unexplored wine growing region and indeed remains merely a blot on the canvas. Although the area is now known as the GI of Henty. Presiding over gently undulating grazing lands with sprawling forests in the distance, Crawford River has paved the way for the industry in what is traditionally a wool, beef and dairy region. The winery atop the hill and the vineyard hugging the slope nestled in the midst of a large sheep and cattle station that John’s great-grandfather settled in 1884.
Since the initial plantings in the mid 1970 ́s, there have been 2 more small plantings. Believing in the fine quality of the Semillon included in the original plantings, John and Catherine added another 0.7 Ha of the variety in the early 1990 ́s.

In 2000, another block of Riesling & Cabernet was added, which now produces the Young Vines Riesling & Rose wines. The cool southerly latitude together with the maritime environment, complex soil structure and favourable micro-climate create a terroir which has justified the initial vision.

Belinda Thomson, elder daughter of John and Catherine, returned home at the end of 2004 after completing her studies in Oenology and Viticulture and pursuing several vintages in various European locations. As of 2014 she has found her way home to be dedicated full time to the family team.

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Review

Style: White: Rich, full texture and silky.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base.

Farming: Organic

Oak: French Oak (10% new)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: No Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: ​When they planted this vineyard 1994, drilling of the posts was necessary due to the dry year and fossilised sea shells with chalky limestone came up from below the ironstone topsoil!  It is 100% whole bunch pressed to tank. After chilling and racking it is put into barrel.  Naturally ferment in its own time.  It spends around 11 months in majority older oak. Lots of citrus fruits on the nose, grapefruit and lime. Nuts, macadamia, almond and a soft chalky character underline this. The palate has a soft supple texture and is silky from front to back. Delicious drinking.

Sebastian Crowther MS