What a wine! Preserved lemons, vanilla, apple pastry, flint and dried citrus. Phenolic and creamy, this weaves its way through layers of dried stone fruit, highlighted by linear acidity. Long and even chewy on the finish. 13% ABV.
The barrel-fermented 2016 Ephraim Clarke Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a 76-24 blend of the two varieties, favouring Sauvignon Blanc. This wine epitomizes the class and elegance achievable with these varieties within Margaret River. The oak adds subtle notes of toasted grain and nuts, the citrusy fruit is rounded and discrete rather than glaringly loud and the long finish leaves behind a silky longing for another sip. A really fine effort. 95 Points James Suckling, 94 Points Robert Parker and 90 Points Wine Enthusiast.