This wine is a testament to not only the classic Alsatian varieties and style (Edelzwiker – “Noble blend”) but also to the Frankland River region. It is a true “field blend” sourced from a single vineyard. As the translation “Fiore del Campo” (field of flowers) suggests, the aromatics are dominated by the intense floral and citrus blossom tones of Great Southern Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The Pinot Gris provides a lovely textural base on which the fruit aromatics can sit. The style and structure of this wine make it ideally suited to a wide range of white meat dishes, but it doesn’t take much convincing to just sit outside on a spring/summer afternoon and enjoy it in its purity.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
The 2021 season posed some challenges with rain in early February followed by unseasonably cool temperatures delaying the start of the white harvest, although slowing everything down and allowing flavour to develop was the benefit in the end.
The rain and cooler temperatures gave reds a much-needed drink, allowed colour to intensify and the following warmer finish allowed them to maximise flavour expression.
In the end, vintage 2021 started late, finished early and across the board quality very, very good!
The fruit was harvested in the cool of night to preserve fruit intensity and minimal delay in processing time. The softest press portion was fermented in stainless steel tank with the Pinot Gris pressings portion fermented in old oak barrels as this aids the wine’s complexity and texture and softens the phenolic grip these varieties can develop. A new yeast (for us) did a fantastic job bringing out the aromatics and texture of the varieties.