Vermentino, Fiano and Moscato Giallo from three vineyards of the Alpine Valleys were hand harvested on the same day and fermented togther in a single terracotta amphora. 120 Days on skins and basket pressed.
What started as a corporate winemaker rebelling against the machine, has evolved and changed over the past 9 years. From its birth in McLaren Vale as Glenn James exploration of skin-contact amphora wine, the Clay Pot Wine project and moved, and evolved into something much more focused and broad. in partnership with his wife Jo Marsh, Glenn now produces a range of Amphora vinified wines, with no additions, bar so2. Not orange, or 'natural' wines, rather and exploration of pared-back, extended skin-contact wines, not hemmed in by an preconceptions of what these wines need to be.
Nicely crafted, skin-contact white that has an array of melon, apple and pear-pastry aromas,leading to a super silky palate. Superb texture here. Really charming. A blend of vermentino, fiano and moscato giallo.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep golden-yellow colour, slightly opaque and apparently unfiltered. The bouquet is nutty, smoky, with dried apricot and toasted almond notes. Hints of dried citrus peels. In the mouth, it tastes quite complex, but this is as much a result of it lacking freshness and primary fruit as anything. The palate is intense and mouthflling, and ends dry and very savoury, with some phenolic grip and attendant bitterness. There is an added layer of nuttiness that may be coming from oak. A strong, deeply flavoured wine which will challenge those only used to pristine modern white wines, but it has a lot of good points. It's very attractive in its way. (Fermented on skins in an amphora. The rating is purely hedonic.)