2015 Cape Jaffa Wines La Lune Field Blend

Cape Jaffa is a biodynamic vineyard and winery situated on the unique and isolated Mount Benson region of South Australia's Limestone Coast wine zone. One of the first of the wineries established in the region, it enjoys a moderate maritime climate and terra rossa soils that are ideal for viticulture. La Lune is Cape Jaffa's premium wine portfolio that it cultivates by the moon's cycles and what it says expresses a sense of place in the vineyard with its unique terroir. 

This wine captures a vineyard or three inside a bottle with no less than eleven varieties in this vinous concoction. Containing predominantly Chardonnay with portions of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the winery indicates that the percentage of these will vary according to what is ripe on the day and what will balance with the Chardonnay. The other varieties it adds are the pale juice of a few red varieties plus small portions from an experimental block.

At a time where Australian winemakers are doing weird and wonderful things with grapes, the old practice of the field blend is also steadily making its mark here. It's a good antidote to the boredom often experienced with single varietal wines and the 2015 La Lune is an engaging and compelling example. 
The straw yellow colour distracts from what you are about to experience in the glass.
At first a smoky malt scent then peach, apricot, orange, pineapple, lemon rind, citrus blossom, passionfruit and pear. Heavily perfumed and complex aromatics that are worth the price of admission ! 

A texturally powerful palate is packed with generous stone fruit flavours, slatey saline minerality and some herbal action. Through the mouth there is some grip, light crunchy tannins and acid zip to drive things along.  

Medium bodied with a soft unctuous mouthfeel. Mouthwatering drinkability to this wine.
The savoury, fresh tropical fruit finish lingers long after the final sip. 

Better sum for its parts. Creative, well made, cerebral yet fun to drink especially over summer. 
Easily go another bottle. Should bring additional appeal with a year or two in the cellar.

Source: Sample courtesy of Cape Jaffa Wines. ABV: 14.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $42.00. 
Rating: 93+ Points. Website: https://www.capejaffawines.com.au

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