The 2017 ‘Sakura’ (Japanese for cherry blossom) is a single vineyard red field blend of Syrah (57%) and Nebbiolo (43%) from the Pyrenees region of northwest Victoria.
2017 Fetherston Sakura Syrah Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Malakoff Estate Vineyard
Soil: Red ferrous clay with quartz and ironstone
Varieties: Syrah (57%), Nebbiolo (43%)
Alc. (v/v) 12.8, TA 6.42g/L, pH 3.67
Syrah – hand-picked on the 25th of March and 9th of April 2017. The early picked fruit was split in to two batches, the first being 100% whole berries the other 100% whole bunches (three weeks carbonic maceration). The later picked fruit was fermented with 100% whole bunches with three weeks carbonic maceration. The wine then received 12 months élevage in french oak barriques.
Nebbiolo – hand-picked on the 20th of April 2017. 100% whole berry fermentation with 4 months extended maceration on skins. The wine then received 12 months élevage in older french oak barriques.
Only older barriques were selected for Sakura.
'Red, sour and black cherry fruit is encased in a fine but relentless web of tannins. It's a style that comes alight with food.'
- James Halliday, Wine Companion
'It’s a light, spicy, structural wine with juicy berry flavours and infusions of mocha and dry licorice. If that doesn’t sound overly savoury then let me correct the impression: this is a savoury, frisky red, the palate built more on acid and tannin than it is on fruit.'
- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front