La Violetta Das Sakrileg Riesling 2018
Great Southern, Western Australia
Andrew Hoadley has worked all across Australia as well as abroad in Barbaresco, Abruzzo and Washington state, and is today regarded as one of Western Australia's revolutionary winemakers. He created La Violetta in 2008, taking the name from an old Piemontese song that celebrates intoxication (responsibly, naturally). He is based in the Great Southern on the coast near Denmark, but sources grapes from trusted growers across the region to make his stunning, envelope-pushing wines in really tiny quantities - a real master of blends.
Das Sakrileg is partly inspired by winemakers of the Mosel Valley and Alsace, but mostly just to provoke, and produced in small volumes for those with inquisitive palates and a healthy appreciation of diversity. In contrast to the classic, purist Australian Riesling style, the juice is oxidatively handled, fermented wild in barrel, matured on unsulphured lees and may undergo partial malolactic fermentation.
Sourced from Frankland ironstone, and Denmark and Mount Barker sites on sandy loam over clay and granite, the wine shows great phenolic presence and depth of savoury characters, with scents reminiscent of quince, sherbet, beeswax and complex characters derived from wild ferment and extended lees contact. On the finely textured palate, citrus-like acidity is tempered by the richness of fermentation in seasoned oak and time on lees. The wine is fermented at ambient temperature in a cool cellar and remained on lees in old puncheons and hogsheads for 9 months, before racking and bottling without fining or filtration. There were little more than 300 cases made.