Save Our Souls Skin On Skin Chardonnay 2017 Victoria Mornington Peninsula
Save Our Souls Skin On Skin Chardonnay 2017 is dense and complex with aromas of curry leaves, cardamom and ripe stonefruits.The palate continues with more stonefruit as well as earth and spice. It is a rich, textured and savoury wine with noticeable tannin and great length.
Save Our Souls Skin On Skin Chardonnay 2017
The Adina vineyard in Tuerong is planted on a very gentle north facing slope of red brown clay loam. Fruit from P58 Clone was harvested by hand in early March and sorted. The whole bunches were transferred, intact, to a 2 tonne stainless steel picking bin. A small addition of buckets of fermenting Yarra Valley Chardonnay were added to provide some CO2 cover and to assist the start of ferment. The bin was then sealed and left. After 21 days maceration, the grapes were pressed in a pneumatic press and sent to barrel to complete fermentation. No further ‘adds’ were made and the wine went through malolactic fermentation naturally. In January 2018, the wine was racked then bottled with a small addition of 40ppm Sulphur Dioxide.
The wine is dense and complex with aromas of curry leaves, cardamom and ripe stonefruits.
The palate continues with more stonefruit as well as earth and spice. It is a rich, textured and savoury wine with noticeable tannin and great length.
Many years ago Jason Searle was visiting Bass Philip, where he helped out in the vineyard and the winery on weekends. He came across a tall lanky fellow by the name of William Downie. During the ensuing work and tastings over lunch,William and Jason realised that they shared some common ideals for wine. A friendship was forged whilst following each other through viticulture studies.
A passion for wines with definition of place and were interesting, was often the bonding agent.
Life’s crossroads approached for each, and they both sought experience and knowledge on distant shores. After vintage in Italy Jason returned to keep working on a part-time basis with vineyards whilst William’s star was on the rise making a name for himself as one of Australia’s brightest young winemakers. Firstly at De Bortoli and then creating the William Downie range of Pinot Noir wines, all this whilst spending the majority of the year in Burgundy.
As Jason began planning to put some ideas into place and start making some wines, William, now back in Australia, put forward the idea of making them together. Save Our Souls was born. The intention was to make some affordable wine that was removed from the shadows of typical ‘New World’ wine making practices. Vineyards were sought for sourcing fruit. A friendly winery with a few spare tanks, and a bit of space that could accommodate them, was discovered and the journey began. Seven vintages later Save Our Souls produces five varietal wines and a Rosé. Fruit is sourced from several different vineyards spanning both the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula. Wine making practices remain aimed at producing savoury, textural wines that speak of place and offer something interesting.
Save Our Souls
Australia, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
$20 – $50