Have you had the “Blanc”?

When trying to think of a new, cooler name for our classic white wine blend, the Chardonnay-Semillon, we had a mental “blanc”.

Yes, its French for “white”.

This post is to announce the release of the new, bold, 2011 Blanc. Still only 2 weeks under the lid, this wine is already available in a few quick off the mark outlets (1870 Restaurant, Orange; Supa IGA Blayney; Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby).

Still waiting for professional tasting notes, to our own palates this wine is delicious. A return to the balanced, unwooded, body-driven styles of 2003 and 2006, this wine is great drinking. Its made from 65% Chardonnay and 35% Semillon, picked on the same day and co-fermented from receival at Windowrie Estate. The nose opens fast with abundant floral character, and the mouth attack is soft semillon acidity and full, rounded body, finishing with well ripened Chardonnay fruit. Hitting 13.5% alcohol in a year when many wines are under 12%, this wine is not hot, but well balanced and ripened, and we expect it to last as well as the 2006 (now exclusively available at Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe, if you want to try it).

If you are a chardonnay drinker in a sauv blanc suit, give the “Blanc” a go. We are launching it with a special September-only offer, here only, of 20% off normal dozen price: $152 delivered Sydney (freight applies elsewhere).