Le Maitre de Cave

2017 Barossa Valley Marsanne
$25.00
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$25.00

Le Maitre de Cave

Le Maitre de Cave” is named after 3rd generation, Dorothy Seabrook the eldest daughter of TC Seabrook. During the depression years, most wine companies had to make do with the labour supplied by family. Dorothy, under instruction of her father, forwent her schooling and social life to work in the family business as a cellar hand at the age of 15. Rolling hogs head barrels filtering the wines and helping blend were amongst the tasks required at the time.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Marsanne is youthful and expressive, bursting in aromas of nougat, toffee apple and hints of camomile and white peach. The palate is textural and crunchy. The flavours extend over to the palate and the palate texture takes over framing the wine in a rich full palate structure. The crunch acid is there but not driving the wine. Delicate fruit that expresses time and place.

Vintage Conditions

In 2017, Greenock experienced a wetter than average 2016 winter and spring. Heavy rains filled the soil profile allowing excellent conditions for bud burst. This, combined with below average temperatures in December, January and February resulted in a later harvest than we’ve seen since the 80’s. The later harvest resulted in grapes ripened slowly, enabling a gradual accumulation of sugars and flavours whilst retaining the naturally high acidity.

Vineyard Region

The 2017 Marsanne is from a single vineyard site on the Greenock main road. Grown on black Cracking clays with ferrous ironstone randomly dispersed in the far corner of the block. These ancient soils hold the perfect amount of organic matter and water holding capacity to maintain an almost dry grown site. The vines are rod and spur pruned and have had minimal inputs to an almost organic state.

Awards/Reviews:

The Marsanne was machine harvested in the cool of night to ensure that a minimal amount of oxidation occurred. The grapes were transferred to the winery where they were top loaded to a tank press to minimise oxidation and maceration. The grapes were left to soak for 6 hours to help extract some flavours and early phenolics. After gentle pressing to 500Lts/T the free-run juice was cold settled for 12 hours then racked with light fluffy solids content. The juice was allowed to naturally warm up and wild yeast to take over. The wine was cool-fermented (9-12oC) in stainless steel for 18 days. After fermentation, the wine was left on light less for 4 weeks to minimise oxidation and stirred regularly to aid texture. There have been no additives or fining of the wine post fermentation just cold filtered and bottled immediately to retain the freshness and varietal expression.

+ Story

Le Maitre de Cave

Le Maitre de Cave” is named after 3rd generation, Dorothy Seabrook the eldest daughter of TC Seabrook. During the depression years, most wine companies had to make do with the labour supplied by family. Dorothy, under instruction of her father, forwent her schooling and social life to work in the family business as a cellar hand at the age of 15. Rolling hogs head barrels filtering the wines and helping blend were amongst the tasks required at the time.

+ Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Marsanne is youthful and expressive, bursting in aromas of nougat, toffee apple and hints of camomile and white peach. The palate is textural and crunchy. The flavours extend over to the palate and the palate texture takes over framing the wine in a rich full palate structure. The crunch acid is there but not driving the wine. Delicate fruit that expresses time and place.

+ Vintage

Vintage Conditions

In 2017, Greenock experienced a wetter than average 2016 winter and spring. Heavy rains filled the soil profile allowing excellent conditions for bud burst. This, combined with below average temperatures in December, January and February resulted in a later harvest than we’ve seen since the 80’s. The later harvest resulted in grapes ripened slowly, enabling a gradual accumulation of sugars and flavours whilst retaining the naturally high acidity.

+ Vineyard

Vineyard Region

The 2017 Marsanne is from a single vineyard site on the Greenock main road. Grown on black Cracking clays with ferrous ironstone randomly dispersed in the far corner of the block. These ancient soils hold the perfect amount of organic matter and water holding capacity to maintain an almost dry grown site. The vines are rod and spur pruned and have had minimal inputs to an almost organic state.

+ Awards/Reviews

Awards/Reviews:

+ Winemaking

The Marsanne was machine harvested in the cool of night to ensure that a minimal amount of oxidation occurred. The grapes were transferred to the winery where they were top loaded to a tank press to minimise oxidation and maceration. The grapes were left to soak for 6 hours to help extract some flavours and early phenolics. After gentle pressing to 500Lts/T the free-run juice was cold settled for 12 hours then racked with light fluffy solids content. The juice was allowed to naturally warm up and wild yeast to take over. The wine was cool-fermented (9-12oC) in stainless steel for 18 days. After fermentation, the wine was left on light less for 4 weeks to minimise oxidation and stirred regularly to aid texture. There have been no additives or fining of the wine post fermentation just cold filtered and bottled immediately to retain the freshness and varietal expression.

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