Petit Manseng is a white grape variety characterised by particularly small, think-skinned berries. Traditionally grown in the South-West region of France and used to produce both dry and sweet wines, over the last 15 years it has proven to be a variety well suited to our vineyard in the King Valley.
Altitude of 450m
Gros Manseng Vine age >20 years.
Second time we have made a sweet wine from Petit Manseng.
Dry 2021 Autumn was ideal for late harvest.
Early season bunch removal to 1 bunch per shoot or less
Mid-season strategic leaf removal exposed the bunches to direct sunshine.
Further bunch removal
Canes cut at around 14 Baume so that the grapes would retain their fresh acidity whilst continuing to dehydrate.
Finally, in late April, the grapes were raisined and ready for selective hand harvesting!
Baume at pressing was a pleasing 17°
Vigorously destemmed and crushed
Skins were left in contact with the juice for a number of hours
Pressing was firm and slow to get as much juice out of the skins as possible
Fermented at cool temperatures to control the fermentation.
Fermentation was stopped at around halfway when the right balance was achieved.
Final alcohol is 8.1 %
Is sweet and luscious with a refreshing zing.
It was partially fermented to 9% alcohol leaving around 50% of the sugar un-fermented. The aroma shows lifted tropical fruits, citrus, ginger and spice which will develop further honeyed complexity after a few years in bottle.
90 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion
An ideal wine to enjoy with lemon delicious, ginger cake, or rich creamy cheeses.