A barely overcast day with occasional drizzle welcomed meals and wine bloggers to the second Harvest@Sittella occasion on March 24th – once more we gathered within the rotunda on the lawns of the vineyard – recalling that final yr, after as soon as in 100 yr flood within the Valley, it had the waters lapping at it – in the present day the lake was far away.
Yuri Berns, winemaker, welcomed us all and gave us an summary of the classic and the historical past of the vineyard from its founding 25 years in the past, in 1993, by his mother and father. He additionally talked concerning the dedication to supply the best WA and Australian glowing wines – and with the acclamation give them by Australia’s main reviewer of Champagne and Sparkling, Tyson Stelzer, it’s obvious they’re nicely on their method to attaining this. While we have been listening to Yuri a glass of their NV Sparkling Rose gave flight to our tastebuds – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Pemberton – mild blush and aromatic strawberry nostril; good consuming any time, however particularly on these heat autumn days.
Moving into the vineyard itself Yuri spoke concerning the contrasts in flavour profile caused by use of oak from totally different areas, the choice of Sittella to supply wines that remember place moderately than attempt to end up a standardized wine annually – their wines are designed to point out the actual traits of the world the grapes are grown.
Then we moved onto the Nest – the stunning little wine bar hooked up to the vineyard and restaurant – outdoors on the balcony shaded by gum timber and with a picturesque panorama throughout the lawns and lakes to the vines. Here we have been indulged with scrumptious platters of meats, cheeses, dips and extra, accompanied by a choice of the best of the wines, winding up with a signature dish from the restaurant, the distinctive strawberry basket!
Among the various wines we loved, 2013 Grand Vintage “Marie Christien Lugten” the flagship glowing – once more a mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool local weather of Pemberton – pretty aromas of toasted brioche, lemons and apples, whereas the creamy palate is a posh amalgam of citrus and toasty notes. Long sustained end.
A brand new launch additionally impressed – 2017 Avant-Garde Field Blend – a 50/50 mix of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from Pemberton; it’s calmly golden with a bouquet of pears and apples with some earthy flavours displaying on a buttery palate. Hand-picked, entire bunch pressed, wild fermentation and minimal filtration; a posh wine displaying all the dedication of the vineyard to a celebration of single winery types.
And a few wonderful reds – the 2015 Berns Reserve – predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, from Wilyabrup, with just a little Malbec and Petit Verdot so as to add further flavour profile – aromatic bouquet displaying all the standard Margaret River characters – plums and black currants, tobacco and olive leaf and mint – whereas the wealthy palate is wash with darkish fruit flavours, supported by positive and supple tannins – this could develop superbly.
And as if to point out it is going to, out got here the 2001 Margaret River Cabernet – 17 years on it’s nonetheless consuming nicely – plums and mulberry aromas, a lush palate of plums and chocolate, delicate tannins. Provides ample proof of the endurance of Cabernets from Margaret River.
So concluded one other nice day within the Swan Valley -excellent wine paired with excellent meals at one of the crucial scenic wineries going round. Thanks to Sittella for the invitation and the hospitality.