The Three Lions wines from Plantagenet are wines of power and provenance, much like the family from which they draw inspiration. The name Plantagenet was given to the shire in Western Australia by early English settlers, and was adopted by the winery when it was established in 1974. The arms of the Gules family, who later became the Plantagenet dynasty, were three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially "the arms of England". They were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189– 1199), son of King Henry II of England (1154– 1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17– 1151). Plantagenet the winery is self-sufficient, with 126 hectares of vineyard in Great Southern. All their wines are made from estate fruit. Their Three Lions label, with a link to the name Plantagenet, showcases the quality of grapes from across their various sites.
Plantagenet’s total 126 hectares of vineyard have been carved out of the region’s distinctive Marri soils, named after the massive native Marri, or Red Gum, trees that grow here. The soils are gravelly loams with good drainage over a base of clay, sand or ironstone rock, ensuring that the vines are not over-watered or over-fertilised, thus allowing for optimal fruit concentration.
The winter was relatively mild after June, with temperatures well above the average during late July and early August. Cool wet conditions in spring increased soil moisture and produced large canopies. Big canopies, light yields and warm conditions in summer accelerated vine phenology and meant the vintage started in mid-February. Thankfully temperatures subsided and the nights became cool. The pace of the final stage of ripening was tempered, and thus flavour and the aromatic profile of the fruit were able to develop, along with a delicate acid structure.
Fruit was machine harvested early morning and gently pressed to tank. Clear juice was fermented cool to retain freshness and aromatics for 48 hours. Fermentation took place primarily in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 14-15°C, with a small proportion in old large format oak adding subtle complexity
TASTING NOTESThis wine is pale lemon in colour with intense aromas of tropical and stone fruits, lemon blossom and fresh herbs. On the palate, it is vibrant with ripe lemon, grapefruit and white peach notes. A subtle textural element adds weight while refreshing natural acidity provides focus and leads to a crisp, lingering finish.
98% Sauvignon Blanc 2% Semillon
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