L.A.S. Vino CBDB 2020
L.A.S. Vino CBDB (Chenin Blanc Dynamic Blend) is the perfect choice for when you’re releasing disco or dance vibes. Dynamic in every sense. The cork pops, the wine flows, the legs start moving.
Clear pale straw colour. Complex aromas of fresh pear, honeysuckle and a hint of citrus. Full-bodied and almost creamy on the palate. Pink grapefruit and pear shine through to the fore with bright passionfruit, fresh lime and pavlova flavours following closely behind in the conga line. Closes in a lingering lemon meringue finish.
100% Chenin Blanc. The fruit comes from Yallingup vineyard in Margaret River, a certified organic and biodynamic site at the northern end of the cape. The north-facing site has gravelly loam soils and a little creek running through the middle of the vineyard. For years, the vineyard was left completely unkept and unpruned with no trellising. The vines sprawl everywhere where pigs, geese, guineafowl and cows roam free. Native flowers and plants grow under the rows with no herbicides or pesticides sprayed and no cultivation. It is one of only a few certified biodynamic vineyards in the region and was one of the first to receive Demeter certification.
After hand-picking and sorting the fruit, they chill overnight. Cold soak and basket pressing as whole bunches, very gently over a few hours. The juice settles naturally before fermentation and ageing for 10 months in old French barriques and clay amphora. No malolactic fermentation and fortnightly lees stirring to add creaminess to the wine. No fining and a light filtration before bottling.
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AWARD & ACCOLADES
, Stuart Knox – 96 POINTS
Light straw-yellow colour with a hint of green to the rim. Lifts from the glass with gardenia, honey, and lemon thyme aromas. A rich and full weight on palate-entry. White nectarines, roasted coconut and soft herbs all fill the mouth whilst a saline minerality lingers underneath. But this wine is all about its textural intensity that is oily yet has crisp acidity that creates a unique tension. Amazing length and drive making for a spectacular example of a local chenin blanc.
, Huon Hooke – 95 POINTS
This outstanding wine is one of several in the West setting new standards for a grape which has been overlooked for too long in Australia. The colour is bright, light-yellow and it has an intensely fruity aroma of grapefruit, lemon and beeswax, including a subtle note of honey. The wine is intense and medium-bodied, elegant and finely-textured, with lovely balance and sense of completeness. It’s all about the fruit; oak is almost invisible, although there is barrel fermentation involved. A superb dry chenin.
, Nick Stock – 94 POINTS
A certified organic and biodynamic chenin blanc that offers an attractive fusion of lemon and peach fruit on the nose, plus some orange zest. The palate holds a very intense orange zest thread, grilled peach and pastry also layer in on the finish. So delicious.
Complex aromatics, textures and flavours. Intense up front though it eases as it flows; it hones. Cedar, pine, lime, woodsmoke and tropical fruit. A rich elegance.