2018 The Jetty SBS
As the track record of our Elevage Sauvignon Blanc shows, this part of the Geographe Wine Region close to where the iconic Busselton Jetty is located, produces sauvignon blanc with flavours and textures well suited to this wine style. Add in some semillon, and it’s a match made in heaven!
The grapes are harvested when the ripeness level is around 11.8 to 12.5 baume, and when the flavours are in the pear, lemongrass, white peach, sweet lemon spectrum. This wine is fermented in tank, with French oak boards, and the semillon is blended in with the sauvignon blanc at the end of fermentation. We then mature it in tank for 4 months with these oak boards and to assist with the flavour and textural development process, the yeast lees are mixed up into the every 2 weeks.
Our 2018 Jetty Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a blend of 86% sauvignon blanc and 14% semillon. It has lifted and fresh fruity aromas and flavours of white pear, sweet lemon, and hints of gooseberry, mixed with a touch of creamy sweet lemon, a mild chalky, mineral character which is typical of our vineyard, and hints of nutty, toasty flavours from fermentation with oak boards and maturation on yeast lees. The palate is soft and generous, with refined fruit flavours, and balanced by a fine tannin structure and crisp refreshing acidity.
The Geographe Wine Region is renowned for making stunning sauvignon blanc semillon (SBS) blends. Blend a little semillon in with the sauvignon blanc, and it’s a match made in heaven!
Vintage in the Geographe Wine region started late due to the mild and cool spring weather experienced all across the southern part of Western Australia. The cooler weather continued on into Summer and the milder temperatures during ripening helped to maintain the fresh, floral and fruity aromas in the earlier white varieties. Sauvignon Blancs from 2019 are quite stunning in their liveliness and intensity of flavours.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are Estate grown in our Whicher Ridge Vineyard, nestled in a hidden valley in the Whicher Range. Our vineyard is at an elevation of 170 metres above sea level. The vines are planted in ancient gravelly ironstone hillside plantings, and the cool winds at night coming off the Southern Ocean during summer, give rise to wines of intensity and finesse.
The Semillon grapes were grown on the Knotting Hill Vineyard in Margaret River, in an area with similar soils to the Whicher Ridge vineyard
Lavender, rosemary, dill, coriander, spinach, parsley, lemongrass, chard/silverbeet, dill, green olives, lemon, green peppers, caper berry, sage, lemon thyme, elderflower, pear , white peach
2018 Elevage Sauvignon Blanc
The inspiration for making this style came about from a trip to Austria. Our approach to combine some barrel fermentation with an extended period of time maturing on yeast lees has produced a beautifully textured and intensely flavoured wine.
2016 Long Road Shiraz
After making truly wonderful shiraz wines in the Barossa Valley, some of the most interesting and complex shiraz wines that we were tasting in Western Australia were from the Frankland River sub-region of the Great Southern wine region. So, naturally, we had to make one!
2016 Elevation Cabernet
Our cabernet sauvignon vines were grown by Neil from cuttings sourced from a friends’ cabernet block in the planted in the 1970’s in the Margaret River wine region. Our Elevation cabernet vines have a very fine pedigree!