The fruit was hand picked, chilled overnight and hand sorted prior to being lightly cold pressed as whole bunches, very gently over a few hours. The juice was left to naturally settle prior to a wild fermention in french barriques. The wine went through a full secondary fermentation with fortnightly lees stirring prior to being bottled with no fining and a light filtration.
In comparison with other years the wine is lighter in colour and alcohol yet has body and balance through secondary ferment, regular lees stirring and the addition of Chardonnay (20%). There is also a beautiful saline character and texture to the wine which is a suprising first for this label. Liffted aromas of strawberries, melon and cream. After tasting the wine in bottle we have decided to pick early again in 2019. The benefits of aroma, acidity and balance were far too refreshing to ignore.
Varieties : Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%)
Vineyards: Willyabrup, Margaret River
Soil: Gravelly loam
Quantity: 200 doz
Maturation: 10 months in barrique
Closure: Vinolok Glass Closure
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2018 L.A.S. Vino Albino PNO
"Golden colour with a pink tease. Complex bouquet of strawberries, fresh figs, wild honey and peaches - the longer in the glass the more in reveals. Strong chardonnay influence on this wine - textured and concentrated mid - palate, it's powerful yet balanced. Stone fruits rather than classic red berries steering the ship. A compelling wine that re- defines the category. Deserves serious attention."
Nick Butler, The Real Review
"This is a lively blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. Both varieties have been matured and fermented separately with the wine going through a full secondary fermentation. Textured and highly flavoursome it is a beautiful rich and lavishly butterscotchy with a creamy, light, red fruit character. Love it... "
Ray Jordan The West Australian