2020 Smallfry Tangerine Dream
|Producer||Smallfry. Barossa Valley, SA|
|Status||Certified Organic/Biodynamic with Australian Certified Organic (ACO)|
Smallfry Wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. Both were born into the industry and have various trade and technical qualifications. That they are also foodies drives their winemaking down a certain path. Natural ferments, nil to minimal adjustment, old oak a soft hand in the cellar allows the vineyard to speak. The style is Euro, with an eye to balance and subtlety.The essential component is great fruit; they are lucky enough to own two very special vineyards, one in Eden Valley and the other in Vine Vale in the valley floor. The Eden Valley vineyard was established in 1994, while the Vine Vale block has been the Schlieb’s family seat for generations, with the last incumbent putting in 52 vintages before hanging up his snips.
|Wine||40% Semillon, 40% Pedro Ximenes, 17.5% Riesling, 2% Rousanne, .05% Muscat. 30 days on skins.|
Essentially Wayne does 3 picks, all 3 picks are co-fermented and then ‘blended’ which essentially means all thrown back into the fermenter once the last ferment has completed. The vital part of this equation is the 3rd pick which Wayne likes for these grapes to have just a little more ‘hang time’ which is critical for the orange peel character on the wine. It’s the same Semillon, PX, Ries, Roussanne Muscat blend as previous vintages. Cloudy and yellow, full and dry, grainy tannins. This is a red drinker white and a good alternative to chardonnay. This is not a quaffer, best to sip and be surprised.
|Tasting Note||Orange Peel - Spice - Dry|