2018 Amato Vino | Blue Poles Marsanne - Amato Vino
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2018 Amato Vino | Blue Poles Marsanne

$30.00

Lost On Mars – an experimental collaboration with our friends at Blue Poles Vineyard.

This 30% skin-ferment wine is complex, to understate it. Hand harvested, fermented in Amphorae, basket pressed and aged in old oak for 9 months before being bottled unclarified, unfiltered and unfined.

A wine equally hard to categorise and describe and yet overflowing with aroma and flavour adjectives.

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Lost On Mars – an experimental collaboration with our friends at Blue Poles Vineyard.

Hand harvest of one tonne of Marsanne grapes from Blue Poles Vineyard. A very gentle basket press of the whole bunches was sent to three barriques for fermentation, while the soft pressings were set aside for three days further skin/juice maceration. This was then basket-pressed to a single amphora to begin a separate fermentation and then racked to a single barrique. The parcels were kept separate until bottling in November.

On the nose, this 30% skin-ferment wine is complex, to understate it. Savoury herbal notes, lifted apricot fruit, and a heady mix of ginger spice and jasmine flower; coastal heath – wild geranium, lemon myrtle – combine with umami elements of nori and edamame. Deep scents of sesame, spearmint and citrus (lemon meringue?) fight for dominance across an almost pure saline thread. Almond meal, cake-bread, muesli notes filter in and out.

The palate is rich, smooth, creamy and viscous, yet finishes with a subtly piquish acid and tannin grip. Flavours of lemon, almond, marzipan, short-bread, cashew, orange blossom. Melon and fig feature and a hint of salted caramel.

A wine equally hard to categorise and describe and yet flowing with adjectives.

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1 review for 2018 Amato Vino | Blue Poles Marsanne

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    sharon batley

    Bringing together a geologist and a nudist, this is a collaboration between Mark Gifford and Brad Wehr, they of Margaret River lifestyle. Some skin fermentation, time in amphorae, life in oak, bottled unfined/unfiltered, but the back label will tell you that. This goes beyond and into the nexus of experimentation, daring and challenge while delivering a milder than expected wine but one of texture, detail and ease of drinking.
    It’s slippery and somewhat concentrated in feel, offering pear and green mango characters, licks and whiffs of faint nuttiness, good length and a lip-smacking satisfaction through the squeaky finish. Oiliness might be a thing but it’s not too overwhelming, and it’s not what you’d call complex but has enough presence to keep you focussed. Good even. Lots of perfume and flavour, plenty to talk about, a sense that the wine is good as a stand alone in big glasses for admiring and guzzling at once. I liked it from first sip.

    Mike Bennie – The Wine Front, April 2019

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