This is an unbelievably good wine. I love it.
It’s Tom Shobbrook’s Giallo. A Sauvignon Blanc, but made naturally, with some skin contact. And fabulously packaged, too.
‘The Sauvignon is fermented on skins for about 6 weeks or until I get the structure I want,’ says Tom. ‘Then it’s pressed and put into casks. It’s bottled 9 months later or when bottles and corks have arrived.’
Shobbrook Wines Giallo 2011 Australia
11% alcohol. Amazing stuff. yellow/gold colour. Lovely crisp, precise palate combines grapefruit and citrus notes with ripe canteloup melon and grapey sweetness, as well as some spicy bite. But it’s actually bone dry – there’s just a perception of sweetness from the fruitiness. Great balance here for a skin contact white, with no heaviness or aggressive tannins. So fine, expressive and amazingly easy to drink. Complex, beguiling and vital. 94/100
UK agent for this wine is Les Caves de Pyrene; there are two agencies in the UK but they don’t share the same wine.
Here’s a video of me tasting this wine: