It is difficult to imagine greater vintage variation than what we experienced between the 2016 and 2017 harvests. Whereas the very short, hot 2016 vintage resulted in richer, fruit dominant wines with softer acidity, the very long, cool and sometimes wet 2017 vintage produced much leaner, drier wines with an abundance of natural acidity. This variation is on full show with the delayed release of our 2017 Vermentino, which was the final variety picked in the vineyard last vintage. Showing much less fruit expression than previous years we have allowed the wine some extended time in bottle to allow the acidity to soften and integrate and give the variety’s’ famed ‘slippery’ texture a chance to develop. The complex flavour profile of grapefruit zest, green apple and spiced stone fruit is just starting to emerge from the web of crisp natural acidity that leaves the palate dry and cleansed. A fabulous food wine that will continue to blossom in the years to come.