Riesling's cool lime and minerality meshes with Gewurztraminer's exotic spice and rose water in this delicious, refreshing blend.
Named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday and Matt Skinner, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, canopy and water management, picking at the right time and minimal intervention in the winery. Larry also makes wine under the Laissez Faire label, an exquisite range of natural wines which are the ultimate expression of site, made in small batches from hand harvested grapes. From delicate whites to opulent reds, all his wines have pure class and finesse.
Low rainfall in winter and spring, with some devastating frost events made the summer ripening late. A tricky harvest to say the least, but patience (and a bit of luck) paid off in the end, with some exceptional wines being the ultimate result.
The vineyards are located in the Great Southern region. Characterised by the influence of the Southern Ocean, which provides breezes from the Antarctic, chilling the grapes and making it an ideal growing climate for varietals that excel at these lower temperatures. During mid January to February the evening temperatures averages at 19°C, with an average of 310 mm rainfall during the growing season. The vineyard sits on granite soils and is situated with a northern orientation which optimises the long sunlight hours, promoting ripening and maturation of the grapes. The vines were planted in 1997, at a density of 1,650 vines per hectare, with Riesling and Gewürztraminer planted a stone's throw from each other in the same vineyard.
Grapes were carefully selected from various sites across the Great Southern region. Great attention was paid to harvesting dates along with gentle destemming, minimal use of sulphur and using the free-run juice from select parcels of fruit, which ensured the elegance and purity of flavour was maintained.
Riesling's cool lime and minerality meshes with Gewurztraminer's exotic spice and rose water. The softly textured palate has a long, refreshing acidity supported by citrus notes and rose petal on the finish.
Riesling 86%, Gewürztraminer 11%, Pinot Blanc 3%