Lina Lool 2018
A meld of meadow scent, honey, marzipan and a faint wisp of musk; lush and cool to smell and to taste. Generously proportioned, spice notes, almost a nut texture to balance. Excellent refreshing acidity; although golden, the wine palate displays the refinement of an amber wine. As the wine ages, musky notes transform to a creamy texture.
LOOKS LIKE... Bright yellow gold, excellent clarity
SMELLS LIKE... Cardamom, honey, the sweet meadows that our turtles love to pick through
DRINK WITH... Delicate dishes with spices, thyme and laurel; perhaps a nut curry or a fresh cheese
CELLAR UNTIL... 2024
Blending grapes with various positive attributes can build a complex wine naturally and make the total wine far greater than the sum. In this case by weight Friulano 67%, Malvasia Istriana 15%, Riesling 8%, Moscato Giallo 5%, and Chardonnay 2%.
Aromatic varieties, Malvasia, Riesling and Moscato Giallo, are all problematic fermenters because these grapes offer poor nutrition to yeast and the end aroma can be marred by a stinky fermentation. We co-ferment the aromatic varieties with Friulano so that the Friulano offers the yeast adequate nutrition for the entire blend. Add to this the ingress of oxygen through the terra cotta anfora and wide open top, and the ferment moves in a positive direction creating aroma, texture and vitality.
By August, the skins had sunk to the bottom clearly separated from the wine. We rack the wine off the skins, hop into the anfora to dig out the cake and then return the clear wine returned to anfora (August 21st, 2018) to mature and continue to clarify. Bottled on 22nd February 2018. Zero residual sugar 13.8% OH 3.72 Ph
The aroma is a subtle mixture of meadow flowers, honey, marzipan and a faint wisp of musk. It’s lush and cool to smell and to taste. Generously proportioned, spice notes, almost a nut texture to balance. The excellent acidity is refreshing and possible because of the cool maritime region and the selected varieties.
Whist the wine is a pale straw, the aroma and palate is a refined orange or amber wine. Possibly this is because of the varieties selected, and the cool region. A food friendly wine especially suited to spices such as cardamom, turmeric and mild curry as well as the herbs thyme and laurel. Lina Lool matches nut dishes. Finally the subtlety of Lina Lool is a heavenly match with a fresh cheese.
Lina Lool is a field blend of the winery vineyard in Balnarring. The Riesling and Chardonnay vines were planted in 1982 and are important in the blend for their lean muscle. Friulano and Moscato Giallo were planted in 2004 and more recently Malvasia Istriana. 2018 vintage stretched cool and dry until 15th April by which time these grapes were harvested. Whilst Chardonnay & Riesling grapes are quite petite, the rest are heavy grape bunches that require a lot of grooming and selection to make suitable for premium vinification.
The name Lina Lool is derived from Linalool, a terpene synthesized in berries and stored in their skins. Linalool is found in the aromatic varieties Malvasia Istriana, Moscato Giallo and Riesling. It’s the maceration time on skins that releases the musky intensely floral aromatics.
Picked 8th April 2018
Bottled 22nd Febuary 2019