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2021 Verdelho

Quantity: 1 bottle

"Perfect balance between ripe fruit and zesty acidity"

On the first nose, this wine introduces the aromas of jasmine and white blossom, green pear and apple, green bell pepper. As it develops more deep fruit aromas are coming through: quince, stone fruit, lemon sherbet, finishing with light limestone minerality. On the palate, it is a perfect balance between ripe fruit and zesty acidity making you salivate and want for more. Flavours of peach, quince, manuka honey are dancing with lemon-lime, gooseberry and limestone. This wine is high acidity, medium-bodied, with a silky texture and medium length.

Winemaker notes

Verdelho fruit for this popular wine style was sourced from the vineyard of Garbin Estate situated in the foothills of the Darling Range to the north of Perth and grown with low chemical inputs and no pesticides.

2021 vintage had the fourth driest winter on record, third driest October on record but a record wet November, with winter also falling below average. The late rain and fewer days above 35 degrees (compared with last season) helped this vintage keep more on schedule with previous years. In the end, it allowed for balanced ripening and higher (compared to the previous year) yields resulting in high-quality fruit.

Machine harvested in mid-January, 2-hour press cycle into stainless steel tank with minimal fining and filtering to achieve the clarity of the wine.

This Verdelho was bottled immediately after vintage to retain its lively, fresh palate and varietal fruit characteristics. A well balanced and much sought after wine, great for drinking and enjoying now.

2021 Verdelho wine experience

Wine drinkers who love aromatic, ripe, "southern" wines but wish they had more acidity backbone will particularly enjoy this wine. Those who prefer "bone dry" wines will be satisfied with the refreshing feel left by the high acidity of this wine. A must-try for the lovers of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, South-Italian wines and who wish their Pinot Grigio was a bit more pronounced and those who love Gruner Veltliner acidity but wished it had more rich fruit.

Enjoy this Verdelho chilled to between 8-10° C. Lower temperature will accentuate citrus, grassiness and minerality, while a bit warmer will help the aromas of quince and manuka honey to open up. This is a great wine for cold and warm days for a light mood and a variety of food. Picnics and grills are its best friends.

Thanks to the balance of honey and acidity, this Verdelho will be great with more complex flavours like grilled or smoked, sweet and sour dishes. It will be great with such difficult pairings like kale and mushrooms. For the meats opt-in for poultry or delicate lamb. It will work well with tomato and lemon-based sauces. However, due to the high acidity and zesty quality of this wine, opt-in for low to mildly spicy dishes like chilli. Too much spice will accentuate the acidity even more and overpower the fruit.

Food pairings

🥦 - Mediterranean roasted artichoke with feta; stuffed baked capsicum, ratatouille, char-grilled eggplant, "pan con tomate" (Spanish grilled tomato bread); pan-fried asparagus and carrot with dukkah, roasted zucchini capsicum and halloumi salad; kale sauteed with lemon and garlic.

🍤 - Smoked salmon Vietnamese salad; grilled fish with veggie mix baked in dill, garlic butter, chargrilled garlic prawn; Boston chowder.

🍕 - Artichoke and anchovies pizza; white pizza; Quattro Formaggi; fish/seafood pie.

🍝 - Fettuccine with creamy seafood and garlic; gnocchi with creamy or tomato sauce; mushroom risotto; charred capsicum risotto with tuna, squid ink linguine.

🍗 - Chicken with sauteed mushrooms; herbs roasted whole chicken; honey-roasted duck with cauliflower mash, chicken shawarma; lamb or chicken kebab.

🧀 - Truffle double cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Manchego, pecorino, blue cheese from soft to hard, Gruyere.

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