Over five generations the Hill Smith family have been pioneers in selecting exceptional vineyard sites to amplify the personality of their estate wines. A favourite region has been the rugged undulating high country of Eden Valley. The estate grown Sauvignon Blanc has been crafted from grapes grown on the eight hectare Hill Smith family vineyard. Recognised around the world as one of Australia's finest Sauvignon Blancs, the distinctive vineyard flavours and natural wild yeast combine to produce a Sauvignon Blanc that is fresh, zesty and textured.
A wet winter set the vines up for a healthy start to the growing season. Spring was drier than average which resulted in good canopy growth. Summer was warm and dry, giving excellent fruit flavours in the grapes. Nights in the Eden Valley remained cool throughout harvest which helped to retain fresh fruit flavours and good levels of natural acidity.
Very pale straw gold in colour. Fresh, lifted aromas of wild flowers, lemongrass and citrus zest with underlying hints of guava and flint. The palate is zesty and fresh. Extended lees contact and wild fermentation in large oak barrels has provided texture and an intriguing savoury, flinty edge to the palate, complemented by a refreshing grapefruit pith acidity on the finish.