Brilliantly clear with a light straw colour, our 2019 Allira Sauvignon Blanc has a complex bouquet of citrus fruits, pears, passionfruit, cut grass and guava with a distinctive hint of herbaceousness in the background. The flavours of tropical and citrus fruits are in seamless balance with a clean, crisp acidity on the palate. The flavours tend to linger in the mouth well after the wine has been swallowed.
A single vineyard wine, the fruit for our 2019 Allira Sauvignon Blanc was harvested from our Upton Hill Vineyard in the cool of the early morning of 9 March. Picking the fruit in the early morning ensures that the fruit temperature remains low and this preserves the primary fruit flavours. With well drained granitic soil and our elevated site being high in the hills of the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges, our vines slowly ripen their fruit in warm summer days and recover in the cooling nights.
Our winery is situated at our Upton Hill Vineyard, so we were able to pick and process our fruit without delay, essential to preserving fruit quality. At the winery we destemmed and then lightly crushed the grapes in our Vintec airbag press. The airbag press is a more gentle process for extracting juice from grapes, this in turn helps create a more delicate wine. Once pressed the skins were immediately removed and the juice was then clarified by cold settling. The clear juice was then fermented in stainless steel at around 14° Celsius, using a combination of yeasts that promote the varietal characteristics in white wine. The finished wine was bottled on 25 June 2019.
This is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed with good food or simply as a nice refreshing drink. It would go equally well with any seafood dish or something with a little spice in it. Serve chilled. With good cellaring conditions, this wine will be still drinking well into 2021.