Saturday, 30 September 2017
Golden Grove Estate The Skins Vermentino 2017
I don't know who Ray Costanzo is anymore. He's gone from being a conservative introvert to a guy unleashing his creative juices and flexing his grand master funk muscle. This hipster version of the man formerly known as is creating some kick arse booze - get on board.
For the first time at Golden Grove Estate, two Vermentinos have been produced. The Skins has debuted with a small production of only 300 bottles produced but I can somehow see that increasing in the future. For the first time too, the label has veered away from the traditional packaging.
Fermented on full skins for ten days and plunged twice a day before being basket pressed, this is no regular Vermentino.
In the glass it glistens with a fresh apple juice appearance and a slight copper hue. Scents of crushed apple and musk transition to the palate with ease. Rounded and generous in the mouth it's well balanced and measured and feels, to use a word, skinsy. Apricot kernel makes a surprise entrance before a ginger spice finish rattles home unexpectedly. Clever winemaking. Clever wine. Run to this.
Region: Granite Belt
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