HARRISON WINES - SOL BLANCO 2021
Licks of freshly cut pear, spice-laden apple pie and a whisper of chamomile flow effortlessly through a fine dusting of powdery tannin.
Don't drink this wine too cold and drink it with gusto.
Texture is the key with this wine. The Roussanne spends 2 days on skins and the Grenache Blanc is left for 24 hours. Silty, chalky, powdery.
A nod to the blended white wines of Southern France. The Roussanne and Grenache Blanc grapes that make up this blend are from the meticulously farmed Yangarra Estate vineyard.
ORIGIN McLaren Vale, South Australia
MAKER Harrison Wine
GRAPES Roussanne, Grenache Blanc
Harrison Wines defy convention - the convention and constraint of a nine-five job led Riley Harrison to seek a creative outlet, and in 2015, with a humble tonne of Grenache, this vision became a bottled reality.
In pursuit of perfume, texture, and drinkability, Riley crossed regional boundaries to secure small parcels of fruit from vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.
With an emphasis firmly on fruit quality and varietal expression, Riley’s winemaking style weaves between the lines of conventional and minimal-intervention.
“Minimal intervention winemaking can be divisive and can focus too much on the minimalist process, rather than the outcome of the final wine. Strangely, doing less requires far greater attention to detail in the winery. It's the complex interaction of science, creativity and environment in a bid to generate flavour that I find intoxicating"
The resulting creatively charged wines are the outlet Riley was searching for. Harrison Wines has been an exploratory journey into the world of aromatic excitement and textural pleasure.
He won’t be returning to the nine-five anytime soon.