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Forest White, Manon 2018
Tim Webber and Monique Milton moved to Manon Farm in 2016. It occupies a beautiful part of the Forest Range on a ridge some 600 metres above sea level, with views all the way down to the Indian Ocean at the Gulf of Saint Vincent. The elevation and cool breezes from the gulf make for a long, slow ripening period, a real blessing in this country. The soils are a complex mix of red clay, quartz and schist, which gives the wines their compact nature, along with a distinctive mineral character. Only six of the farm’s ten hectares are planted with vineyards, the rest is left to orchards, vegetable gardens, livestock, native forest and plenty of kangaroos. They farm biodynamically, without irrigation and with a real focus on diversity that allows nature to find its balance. It goes without saying that they do not use chemicals and instead focus on infusions of seaweed, herbs and minerals to let the plants thrive.
A wonderful take on Sauvignon Blanc, which was fermented as a combination of pressed and macerated fruit and bottled with a couple of grams of residual sugar. The wine finished fermentation in the bottle and now the gentlest spritz carries heady scents of tropical fruits and spice. The palate is wonderfully textured and refreshingly saline, making for a truly original expression of this often maligned grape.
Producer Manon Farm
Origin Adelaide Hills, Australia
Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol 12% ABV
Style Medium body natural white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, fermented with indigenous yeast, Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.
Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic