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’ve 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.