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.
Tightly wound. Very. A pent up and structured release with bony acidity under just-ripe stone fruit, lemon, young almond characters and flinty, slate-like mineral characters in spades. Yum. It’s steely and taut, a racier expression of this stellar wine, and good for it in refreshment factor, scintillating freshness and detail. Love it. As complex and layered as other releases? Perhaps not, but it positions itself in a different frame here, if not more serious in a way, or at least destined for longer cellaring time or enjoying over extended time tucked away. Bonza. Tasted: Mar 2022 Alcohol: 13.3%; Price: $44; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2035+; Rated: 96 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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