Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur Savagnin Sous Voile
2015 could almost be described as the perfect season. Long periods of cool dry weather were experienced right throughout summer with the noticeable absence of any potentially damaging heat spikes as seen in some recent years. Overcast conditions in January brought a degree of disease pressure, however fastidious attention to detail by the vineyard crew ensured squeaky clean fruit was delivered to the winery right across the board.
Estate grown on the Peninsula
VINE AGE: 18 years (grafted on Chard 2007)
PRUNING/TRELLIS: Cane VSP HARVEST DATES: 10th March 2015 YIELD: 2 tonnes per acre
Defying convention and looking to the great Vin Jaune wines of the Jura region in France for inspiration this wine was whole bunched pressed to old French barriques before natural fermentation and malolactic conversion. Following ferment the barrels were moved to a well ventilated shed (away from the winery proper) where conditions were perfect for the gradual growth of the flor yeast on the surface of the increasingly ullaged barrels. Amaingly this wine has not been topped or received any sulphur additions for its entire 3 year ageing period, relying solely on the protective properties of the yeast voile to avoid excessive oxidation. Bottling took place in May 2018 without any filtration, fining, stabiliation or the addition of SO2.
ACIDITY 7.80 g/L PH 3.08
RESIDUAL SUGAR < 1.0 g/L OA
HANDLING 38 months
MALOLACTIC 100% (old oak)
This wine displays many of the desired nutty aldehyde characters that can be expected after prolonged ageing under flor.
A complex array of flavours, amongst them preserved lemon, grilled nuts & exotic spice. A palate of tremendous breadth and length with mouth filling chalky texture and persistent acid drive.
Enjoy now although we recommend decanting. Will age and develop over the next 20 years.