Sorrenberg is a 2.5 hectare vineyard which is owned by Barry and Jan Morey and situated on the outskirts of Beechworth. It is surrounded by forest on two sides and Stony Creek runs across the back boundary. The family has a tradition of winemaking that goes back over 500 years to the Mosel River in Germany. Barry’s grandfather, Jacob Barzen, emigrated to Australia to work on a family vineyard and winery at Dookie. This vineyard has since been sold and converted back to grazing land. The name Sorrenberg comes from a small vineyard owned by the Barzen family near a town called Reil on the Mosel.
This wine comprises of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. Most of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit had 8 hours skin contact prior to pressing. The Semillon component is crushed and pressed immediately after picking. This wine was 100% barrel fermented with predominantly larger barrels used. All went through natural yeast fermentation. The extended lees contact helps fill out the middle palate and gives this wine the extra dimension it is known for.
Textural, richer style. Silky, smooth and long with a core of grapefruity-minerally acidity. Shows with pretty stone fruit flavours, a lick of light halva-like nuttiness, finishes very long and lip-smacking. Bountiful, beautiful perfume comes before all this. It’s such a delicious, near hedonistic style, but still feels pent up despite the chubbier figure. As a qualification, I’ve drunk three bottles in ten days since first coming at the wine. Mea culpa. Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $41; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2020-2030; Rated: 95+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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