To make a great Sticky you need truly challenging conditions and Plenty of patience... both from the grower and in the winery. The levels of concentration in this wine, intertwined with the awesome intensity only super ripening can bring have given forth a wine that conditions don’t often allow, but when they do is a tour de force!
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills
Harvested: 3rd Of May 2018
Sugar At Harvest: 22.0 Baume
Residual Sugar: 240 Grams Per Litre
12 month Aging in French oak HogsHeads
Single vineyard wine.
Pale gold with a hint of caramel toffee clinging to the edges.
Bang! Sauvvy marmalade and pithy apricot orange intertwining candied lemons and honeyed kumquats
Candied lemon and mandarin peel. Tannic grip underpins and forgives unctuous opulent sticky richness. A gentle acidic line of poise gives both direction and tames the hell cat within. Icky Sticky Deliciousness on Steroids!
Post vintage 2019; contemplating the fast-dwindling reserves of our 2017 sticky I realised that we were (as they say in the classics) buggered! The low yielding & dry 2019 vintage was a bust as far as supplying us fruit for a follow-on. To be honest I was more than a little concerned! I mean, what’s the point of finishing a truly epic meal without the exclamation point of a luscious sticky??? Answer: there is no point! Happily, over a couple of beverages consumed on the foot of Yorke Peninsula - I learned that Reid Bosward had our salvation in hand, (well tank to be precise). The previous year, Stephen Dew, Ried’s right (and some would argue left) hand man had crafted an absolutely cracking sticky from 2018 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The lads had around 1200 litres looking for a home & a chance to be awesome - win/win for sure!! Although I’ve always sworn & declared i would never make a Sauv-Blanc for david Franz, this was the loophole I was craving. My sole input to finishing this luscious dessert Sticky was to put it into aged white french oak hogsheads for 12 months at zero degrees Celcius & book the bottling slot. It was bottled in late 2020 before being hand printed, hand wrapped & finding its way to you. Cheers and enjoy!