La Violetta
Das Sakrileg 2020
Riesling
Great Southern, Western Australia

$38.00

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Style: White: Deep, textured, complex and racy

Producer: La Violetta

Region: Great Southern, Western Australia

Grape: Riesling 100%

Vintage: 2020

Soil: Mixed

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: Oak oak

Alcohol: 12.2%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 10 – 12°C

The Wine: The Great Southern is a huge wine region at the southern tip of Western Australia. It has five official subregions – the inland GIs of Mount Barker, Frankland River, and Porongurup; and the coastal GIs of Denmark and Albany. Albany is the site of Western Australia’s oldest permanent settlement and the spot from which Britain formally claimed Western Australia for the crown, on Christmas Day 1826.

The fruit for this wine comes from three of those Frankland and Denmark and Mount Barker. The Frankland vineyard is primarily composed of ironstone while the other two sites are on sandy loam over clay and granite.

This is the thirtinth vintage of this wine and in its short history has become a little iconic amongst Sommeliers. Called ‘Das Sakrelig’ because it breaks all the rules of traditional Riesling winemaking in Australia. Extended lees contact, fermented in large old oak with wild yeast, some malolactic fermentation and unfined or filtered. The nose leads with lime juice, white peach and grapefruit. Lots of savoury complexity built in too. The palate is electric and alive. A vibrant tang of acid helps the palate burst with flavour. As this wine has more texture an complexity than its counterparts, this enables you to up the ante with regards to food.  Try putting this alongside a Pea and goat’s cheese risotto. With regards to service, certainly not a wine to be drunk to cold, 10ºC – 12ºC would be ideal.

Sebastian Crowther MS

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Producer Profile

La Violetta

Andrew "AJ" Hoadley is Western Australia's iconoclast winemaker, although he'd probably say that's putting it a bit strongly...regardless, his fledgling winery (first release - 2008 La Ciornia, in 2010) has re-imagined traditional styles in Australia's largest state. That one of Andrew's wines is named Das Sakrileg ("The Sacrilege") should speak loudly enough.

The La Violetta wines offer power and precision, and drinkability in spades. Grapes are sourced from established vineyards from around the Great Southern region, and AJ plays a big part in overseeing the management of the vines, ensuring vine health and optimum ripeness.

All the wines are fermented spontaneously, and whilst none are filtered, some undergo a light fining. They are wines of presence and impact, but also of finesse and verve.

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Style: White: Deep, textured, complex and racy

Producer: La Violetta

Region: Great Southern, Western Australia

Grape: Riesling 100%

Vintage: 2020

Soil: Mixed

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: Oak oak

Alcohol: 12.2%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 10 – 12°C

The Wine: The Great Southern is a huge wine region at the southern tip of Western Australia. It has five official subregions – the inland GIs of Mount Barker, Frankland River, and Porongurup; and the coastal GIs of Denmark and Albany. Albany is the site of Western Australia’s oldest permanent settlement and the spot from which Britain formally claimed Western Australia for the crown, on Christmas Day 1826.

The fruit for this wine comes from three of those Frankland and Denmark and Mount Barker. The Frankland vineyard is primarily composed of ironstone while the other two sites are on sandy loam over clay and granite.

This is the thirtinth vintage of this wine and in its short history has become a little iconic amongst Sommeliers. Called ‘Das Sakrelig’ because it breaks all the rules of traditional Riesling winemaking in Australia. Extended lees contact, fermented in large old oak with wild yeast, some malolactic fermentation and unfined or filtered. The nose leads with lime juice, white peach and grapefruit. Lots of savoury complexity built in too. The palate is electric and alive. A vibrant tang of acid helps the palate burst with flavour. As this wine has more texture an complexity than its counterparts, this enables you to up the ante with regards to food.  Try putting this alongside a Pea and goat’s cheese risotto. With regards to service, certainly not a wine to be drunk to cold, 10ºC – 12ºC would be ideal.

Sebastian Crowther MS