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Somos Wines

2020

‘Blanquito’

White Wine   |   South Australia - Australia

About

The ‘little white’ sells this wine very, very short. The ethos behind this wine is a mineral-driven, neutral style of Italian white wine that works well with food and throughout all seasons. The inspiration came from Ben’s passion for Italian white varieties and the sustainability of many of those in Australia. The 2020 is a blend of Vermentino, Cortese, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. It is bright, taught and smashable, coming from two distinct vineyards in very different climates of South Australia. Most of the Vermentino and all of the Cortese and Chardonnay comes from a single site in Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills. The remaining portion of Vermentino as well as the Gris comes from a vineyard in Riverland.

The grapes were handpicked and whole-bunch pressed to stainless steel tanks. The grapes were fermented separately without any additions and aged on the lees developing the mineral/oyster shell aromas that makes this wine so refreshing. The wine was racked off of their gross lees and settled and then racked again to tank to blend. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small dose of sulfur used at bottling.

Stats

  • Grapes: 88% Vermentino - 6% Cortese - 4% Chardonnay - 2% Pinot Gris
  • Vineyard: Single Site in Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills (75% of the Vermentino, Chardonnay, & Cortese) - Single site in Riverland (25% of the Vermentino & Pinot Gris)
  • Vine Age: Varied: Average 15-years-old
  • Soil Type: Loam over Ironstone (Adelaide Hills) - Shallow, sandy, red loam over calcrete (Riverland)
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Fermentation: Native - separate ferments in stainless steel
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Aging: 7 months in stainless steel
  • pH: 3.29
  • Total Acidity: 5.17 g/L
  • Total SO2: 20 ppm
  • Total Production: 275 cases

Tasting Note

Chiselled yellow citrus and lemon peel with a soft pink grapefruit edge. It is quite linear, more so than previous releases, but in a mineral-driven manner. A bottle of this can disappear quite quickly.