2017 Bellbrae Estate Southside Sauvignon Blanc
We have named our premium Bellbrae Estate wines after our acclaimed local surf breaks. Southside is a reliable left-hand reef break at the southern end of Bells Beach near Torquay, especially at high tide.
Grown from our hand selected fruit, this wine highlights the potential for Sauvignon Blanc from the Surf Coast. Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, it has retained lovely green notes that are the hallmark of this variety. Wine is often judged on its balance, length, intensity and complexity. Our top Sauvignon ticks these boxes, especially balance. Quinces, lemons and passionfruit abound on the nose, whilst asparagus and limes bring a fresh tang to the palate. It is at once expansive and restrained, showing barrel maturation flavours that bring a bit of luxury to its fine-boned structure.
Matured for 5 months in new and 1 year old water bent, French oak barriques, it has had regular battonage (lees stirring) to encourage a soft, creamy texture from yeast breakdown. Coupled with a soft oak tannin, this wine has many layers that will integrate over time and reward the patient with depth and complexity.