DONA [Latin] The Gift.
VARIETALS: Marsanne, Viognier, Pinot Gris
The 3rd wine to be released in the Dona philanthropic trilogy, the Dona Blanc is a celebration of style. It has been carefully crafted to convey all that is enjoyed in the Rhone Valley white wines; fresh acidity, some supportive texture, and lively fruit with a purity that reminds you of summer.
Vintage 2016 in McLaren Vale has been extraordinary; one of the rare vintages that offers up beautiful weather conditions to allow gradual and positive flavor development as well as a good yielding crop level to support our vintage requirements. All focus has been on flavor ripeness, with good acidity and low baumé a positive feature. Perfume and fruit flavor are at their peak in the grapes, through fermentation and as well fill the juice to their maturation vessels of fine French Oak and stainless steel where appropriate. 2016 will be one of the great vintages of the decade.
Tasting Notes Fresh lemon curd, white peach perfume, supported by fresh lime acidity and nashi pear texture.
“A co-ferment of viognier and marsanne, with pinot gris blended in. A beautiful nose: some peach, some vanilla, and other perfumed fragrances wafting in and out. It sits plump and viscous at the front of the mouth, which fools the taster into thinking there is not much more than an over-plump, dull wine there. Then it stretches very slowly like a cat flexing its claws, and carves the most beautiful track across the palate. Rich, honeyed flavours are scored through with fire and spice. It’s quite some wine. 95 points and great value at $27.” The Key Report