2019 Manon 'Selene' 750mL
Region: Forest Range - Adelaide Hills, SA
Variety: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Manon Farm is perched high up (600masl) on the Forest Range ridge of the Adelaide Hills. The ridge was formed some 600 million years ago during the Cambrian period and as such there is a great complexity of very, very old rocks. The abundance of quartz and mica makes for very mineral driven wines. The farm is 25 acres in total with 15 of that devoted to vines which have been planted progressively since 1993. The vines are dry farmed and the land is tended with biodynamic practices. They don't wish to control nature but, rather, work with it. This approach allows for a truly diverse working farm with vines, orchards, vegetables and native forest. In the words of their distributor, Cam: 'this is one of the most important farms in South Australia'.
‘Fermented in large handmade terracotta ‘Huevos’ - an egg shaped fermenter that we store the grapes in for six months. Pressed lightly in the heart of winter after the solstice. Once the lid was removed we discovered the whole bunches were still in such pristine condition. Fermentation was very delicate and the berries still whole, pure and full of life. The longer maceration luring in the chalky tannins. With its soft fermentation and time in bottle, the fruit is beaming with brightness. Selene is the Greek Goddess of the moon. Apt, as we spend much of our farming, growing and living life with focus and respect to this glowing orb and the ancient peoples who worked with the Moon in the movements of their life. Our inspiration coming from the ancient island of Ithaki in the Ionian Sea, the first place to see the sun rise and set daily; Tairawhiti (Gisborne) in Aotearoa, and the spiritual and wise Peramangk Country in South Australia where we are based. This is a new cuvee from us, respectful to past traditions and a special one that we are enjoying very much. A wine for when the sun sets.’ - Notes from the Winemakers, Monique & Tim