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2016 Out of Step Willowlake Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Out of Step

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Our Price: $19.99 / bottle (RRP: $30.00) Case: 12 x 750ml

'Gleaming straw-green; this really has echoes of the Loire Valley's Didier Dageneau: unashamedly opulent and complex, with a washing basket packed with fruits of every shape and description.'
96 Points - James Halliday

  • Based in the Yarra Valley & established in 2012, Out of Step Wine Co is what happens when two former music junkies decide to get serious about indulging an ever-growing parallel obsession with fermented grape juice.

    Their approach is simple, although the wines themselves are anything but.

    Making small batches from single sites selected for their ability to yield grapes of outstanding quality, & eschewing a lot of conventional techniques that seem to make for rather pedestrian booze, they believe it is of critical importance that what they produce genuinely communicates the variety, vineyard, season and combination thereof, as well as being fucking delicious.

    They know there is no other choice but to embrace the ethos that wine, like a lot of the wonderful things in life, should move you. To be great it must be real, expressive & honest.

    So why Out of Step? Well, in this day & age who the hell would want to be in step?

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Hand picked. 80% of the fruit pressed to barrel and then wild yeast fermented and matured in 5% new/95% used French oak barriques and hogsheads. The remaining 20% of the fruit was wild fermented as whole bunches in 2 separate batches, one for 5 days & the other for 10, then pressed to old French barriques. Partial MLF, racked & blended, settled (but not fined or filtered) and then into bottle. No additions other than sulphur

  • REVIEWS

    'Gleaming straw-green; this really has echoes of the Loire Valley's Didier Dageneau: unashamedly opulent and complex, with a washing basket packed with fruits of every shape and description held together by bright, citrussy acidity and a savoury note poking its nose through just to help the complexity flag fly. This is another universe away from sauvignon blanc from Margaret River or Marlborough.'
    96 Points - James Halliday

    '360 dozen. From the Upper Yarra, approx 300 metres above sea level. Wild yeast fermented in barrel. Some mlf. Mostly old but some new oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Out of Step never seems to put a foot wrong. Boom boom. You could even say that Out of Step is a name to watch. This wine alone gives credit to that theory: it’s intense in a smooth, elegant way, its heart of barley and tropical fruit is kept tucked behind notes of gravel and woodsmoke. The thing is: picking individual flavours here is difficult. It just presents “as one”. The walls of oak and fruit are down; it’s a unified wine. The mouthfeel here has to be felt to be believed; this is super silken. In all it’s an outstanding wine.'
    94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front



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