DONA [Latin] The Gift.
VARIETALS: Marsanne & Viognier
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 2017 – Solid rainfall during winter & spring of 2016 was followed by frequent summer rains, before a dry and cool vintage, leading to a later harvest than recent years. Crops were average to slightly higher, with good healthy canopies on the vines. Fruit showed good flavours and bright acid due to the cooler ripening period, with an underlying minerality.
Tasting Notes – Citrus, some apricot & white peach, lifted & perfumed nose. Fine texture, fresh acidity, grapefruit, apricot & white peach with a slight nuttiness
Technical Notes – The Viognier was picked on the 9th March and the Marsanne on the 15th March, both picked in the cool hours of the night and early morning. For both lots, the fruit was taken immediately into the winery, cooled to 10C and gently pressed and cold settled. Post settling, the two varieties were blended for ferment, with small portion of the pressings going to seasoned French oak barrels for a natural ferment. After a long, cool ferment the final blend was put together and held in stainless steel until the lees had all settled and the wine stabilized ready for bottling.
Ulithorne DONA Blanc 2016
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