From the Settlers Tavern wine list:
By WA small family winery Owner / Winemakers Garth Cliff & Kristin McGann from 35+ year old ‘Rockets’ vineyard.
Whole bunch pressed, natural ferment, old barriques. Lemongrass, passionfruit, waxy and meally, preserved lemon, citrussy acid. Appealing smoky, struck match note, giving it a chardonnay-like feel.
From Vino Volta
In our eyes Chenin Blanc is the indisputable star variety of the swan valley / district. This is why we are showing a number of vineyards and a number of expressions. The vines are a little hard to manage but the results are so worth it, the fruit is super versatile. This fruit comes from 25+ year old ‘rockets’ vineyard in Upper Swan on Swan Valley loam. Whole bunch pressed to old oak. Natural high solids ferment, monthly lees stirring. Lower SO2 maximises fruit expression.
Passion fruit and lemon / lime pith at its core, waxy and mealy characters with a little preserved lemon. A bit of funk, a bit more texture, focused citrussy acid pulls it through.
Where is Swan Valley? Why is it Unique?
Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and Australia’s second oldest wine region with the first wine grapes planted in 1829. Grapes were also used for fruit and dried fruit production and wine production. Until the 1970’s, Swan Valley was the major grape and wine producing region of Western Australia.
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