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Lina Lool 2019

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... Deep golden moving to amber
SMELLS LIKE... Persian quince, cinnamon, summer apricots and the sweet meadows that our turtles love to pick through
DRINK WITH... A table loaded with Maha-inspired Meze: buttery pastries enclosures of creamy scallops, whipped macadamia, spring onions & pine nuts.
CELLAR UNTIL... 2025

Winery

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 45%, Malvasia Istriana 7%, Riesling 26%, Moscato Giallo 20%.

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 to anfora (August 19th, 2019) to mature and continue to clarify. In this vintage we decided to hold the wine in barrel for an additional twelve months. Bottled on 25th November 2020. Zero residual sugar 13.2% OH 3.52 Ph

Tasting

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.

Lina Lool grapes were hand selected and did possess a small quantity of botrytis affected berries in many bunches.  Close inspection and tasting in the field proposed to us we select ultimate picking dates. That is full volume aroma and flavour but without any heaviness or coarseness.

Five months maceration of skins after ferment in anfora. A low yield per tonne of this young wine. Further time in barrel amounting to sixteen months in total in small oak in cool store.

A food friendly wine especially suited to spices such as cardamom, turmeric and mild curry as well as the herbs watercress and chervil. Lina Lool matches nut dishes. Finally the subtlety of Lina Lool is a heavenly match with a buttery pastry.

Vineyard

Lina Lool is a field blend of the winery vineyard in Balnarring. The Riesling 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. 2019 vintage stretched cool and dry until 5th April by which time these grapes were harvested. Whilst 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.

FYI

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.

Details

Vintage 2019
Picked: 21st March Moscato Giallo, 4th April Friulano, 5th April Riesling + Malvasia istriana
Bottled 25th November 2020

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