Si Red, Si Vintners, Margaret River, Australia 2014

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Si Vintners

Organic – unfiltered/unfined – natural – limited production

Iwo Jakimowicz and Sarah Morris formed Si Vintners in 2010, when they purchased a small plot of land in the Margaret River region of Australia.

Wines from this region tend to be big and bold, with lots of oak influence but the Si team wanted to created hand-crafted, natural wines that spoke of the subtleties of their unique terroir.

From the outset of their project they farmed using a combination of organic and biodynamic principles, and all their wines are made without any of the usual commercial winemaking additives (apart from a small sulphur addition at bottling) and bottled without fining or filtration.

The Si White is a delectable blend of Semillon and Chardonnay (70/30). The fruit is hand harvested, maintained in whole bunches for five days then basket pressed and naturally fermented in a mixture of concrete eggs, large French oak barrels and stainless steel, before being kept on their lees until bottling. The wine is crisp and refreshing with a slight spice on the introduction, before a clean palate that is dominated by lemon and green apple flavours.

The Si Red is a Bordeaux blend, consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Like the white, it is naturally fermented, basket pressed and aged in a mixture of stainless steel, concrete and oak. Bottled unfiltered and unfined with minimal added sulphur, this is a beautifully soft and supple wine, highlighting that not all Australian reds have to be big and bold!

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