Sigurd White Blend 2020 South Australia Barossa Valley
Sigurd White Blend 2020 herbal notes and funky, savoury character, but the take away message is of vitality and freshness, a crunch of lemony acidity in lightly saline, mineral feel. It’s a skinsy white of compelling drinking and general interest, with a thirst-crushing vibe in tow.
Sigurd White Blend 2020
Sigurd White Blend 2020 is a delightful blend of grapes that sees mostly riesling (around half the wine) matched to sauvignon blanc, semillon, vermentino and gewürztraminer – all of which see some time fermented on skins. The resulting wine has a wild streak, herbal notes and funky, savoury character, but the take away message is of vitality and freshness, a crunch of lemony acidity in lightly saline, mineral feel. It’s a skinsy white of compelling drinking and general interest, with a thirst-crushing vibe in tow.
Riesling (49%), Sauvignon Blanc (25%), Semillon (16%), Vermentino (6%) Gewurtraminer (4%). The 2018 Sigurd white started early February with the picking of Gewurztraminer, which was then fermented on skins for 10 days before being pressed off and into old French oak barriques (250ltr). The Sauvignon Blanc started fermenting on skins for 2 days then pressed to stainless steel tank to finish ferment. The Riesling was the last fruit to come in and was whole bunch pressed to a re-conditioned 100 yr old oak Foudre (1600L) where it stayed until bottling in December. The Semillon spent 4 days on skins then pressed to stainless steel as well. All wines were left on their lees until late November before being racked off lees and bottled two weeks later with a small addition of Sulphur
Sigurd Wines is based around my great grandfather who spawned from Norway. I didn’t know the guy but have a photo with my great grandmother which I do not recall (I was possibly only 2 years old.)
So Sigurd travelled from Norway to find work in Australia back in the early days (He was 19, so around 1914 I think it was) and found the quickest way to become a citizen was to join the army, so was sent over to fight for us. I suppose he was up to a bit of mischief and was caught AWOL after being shot the first time (After he was healed that is) and then sent back to the front lines in France as punishment, this is where he was shot again…. This time in the elbow which made him useless at holding a gun, lucky for me was sent back to Aus.
From what I know he was a pretty mischievous sort of bloke so embodies my personality quite well.
There is more to the story but it will link to the next two labels on the drawing board so wait and see…
Australia, New South Wales, Southern Highlands
$20 – $50
Skin Contact, White Blend