Ravens Croft Wines 2021 Verdelho

Mostly Estate fruit and all Granite Belt GI fruit. Interesting to follow the 2021 Granite Belt Vintage, due to more rain events during March veraison I suspect the whites may be better than the reds, time will tell.

Really very young juice in the glass and light straw coloured at most, first glance suggests there may be a little more complexity to come.2021 verdelho However the next step suggests complexity plus as a beautiful lifted bright citrus and tropical fruit bouquet bounds cheerily from the glass. In an immediate jaunty greeting lemon and tangy passionfruit tingles and tantalises your palate then there are some yellow fleshed nectarines and a later kiwifruit surge and swirling in the midst of this lively and invigorating fruit cavalcade is some kaffir lime leaf. The wine has very good length and some racy and crunchy acidity that elevates the mouthfeel into a domain of genuine excitement. You don’t need to be concerned about the dampening effect of residual sugar, this wine is beautifully dry.

Although the look in the glass does suggest some complexity to come I now have doubts and expect that the wine is more likely to soften in mouthfeel a bit and perhaps develop a little textural character as it enters it’s 3rd year plus. Actually I do recommend that you don’t bother with the wines future as it’s superb drinking now. Verdelho does do well on The Granite Belt and this one has done very well indeed.

Tasted: Friday 23rd April, 2021 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 12%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $30
Suggested Drinking Window: 2021 – 2023
Winemaker: Mark Ravenscroft
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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