2023 'Jaybird' Bianco Macerato
The Bianco Macerato is an easy drinking, approachable skin contact white wine. Each parcel was fermented separately – the Fiano and Chardonnay was pressed off skins straight away, while the Arinto Vermentino and Malvasia were fermented on skins until sugar dry, up to 14 days. Each parcel was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation and settle out before being blended just prior to bottling.
The combination of fruit forward, acid driven and aromatic varieties, combined with extended skin contact, creates a wine that is at once thought provoking, interesting, but also refreshing and delicious. The nose is aromatic as – canned lychee, orange blossom – floral and super fresh. The upfront citrus hit of pink grapefruit and briney lemon makes way for the crunchy buzz of savoury, herbaceous tannin – not overpowering, but lingering. The characteristic acid from the Arinto and the textural mouthfeel and lingering white flower of Fiano ties it all together and provides length.
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