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2021 A Pound of Flesh Skin Contact Vermentino

by Vino Intrepido View producer profile

Whilst this is not the first time that I have worked with the variety, it is the first white wine I’ve made that was completely fermented on skins. Thus, rather than using the previous name I was more interested in highlighting the style of the wine. I thought of a concept famously introduce by William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, when the character Shylock requires a pound of flesh for non-payment of a loan.

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The vermentino grape can be found in several regions on the northern Mediterranean coast as well as the islands of Sardinia and Corsica. Quite adaptable to difference climates, whilst it does change somewhat depending on its location, it always retains a freshness and bite that I love. I’ve made a few vermentino wines in the past, but this is my first from a Victorian vineyard. When I saw how the colour of the skins was developing as the fruit approached ripeness, I made a snap decision to make a skin contact style!

Fruit was harvested early on a morning in March and transported to the winery. The grapes were transferred to open fermenters, plunging at least once per day until fermentation was complete. After pressing the wine was pumped to barrels; one new French oak puncheon, two 16-year-old Hungarian oak puncheons, and one mature French oak barrique. After three months the wine was racked to tank, cold settled then bottled without fining or filtering.

Whilst this is not the first time that I have worked with the variety, it is the first white wine I’ve made that was completely fermented on skins. Thus, rather than using the previous name I was more interested in highlighting the style of the wine. I thought of a concept famously introduce by William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, when the character Shylock requires a pound of flesh for non-payment of a loan.

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Wine Region Goulburn Valley
Region - Detailed Nagambie Lakes
Occasion Surprise
Wine Tags Low Sulphur, Minimal Intervention, Unfiltered, Unfined
Year 2021
Body Medium
Size 750ml
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