Patrick of Coonawarra P Series Sauvignon Blanc 2020 ~ Coonawarra, South Australia
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
The Winemaker "This Sauvignon Blanc is made from our two vineyards within the Limestone Coast. The cool climate of Coonawarra brings great natural acidity and citrus freshness, whilst the Wrattonbully component brings tropical fruits and passionfruit flavours. The blending of the two allows me to make a consistent style that is a balance of fruitiness and acidity. Overall, crafting a wine with all the hallmarks of the variety and a fun, easy drinking wine. The 2020 vintage was a cooler season which resulted in harvesting the Sauvignon Blanc later than recent years. This allowed for complex and intense flavours to develop, perfect for this wine."
Patrick of Coonawarra was founded by Patrick Tocaciu; one of Australia's leading wine (and AFL football) figures. Patrick's reputation for producing exceptional wine earned him many international accolades for the major labels he worked as Chief Winemaker, including; Tollana, Penfolds, and Hollick Wines.
Patrick's distinguished reputation continued with the establishment of his own Patrick of Coonawarra Estate label. The wines are built on the solid foundation of extensive estate vineyards: 36 hectares in Coonawarra and 42 hectares in Wrattonbully. The Wrattonbully plantings contain shiraz, sauvignon blanc, and some of the riesling. All of the cabernet is grown in Coonawarra. The Estate is now managed by his eonologist son, Luke who continues the tradition of producing wines of varietal and regional excellence.
Coonawarra is the most important wine region within the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia, credited with producing some of the best red wines in the entire country, and often described as Australia's most famous terroir.
The Sauvignon Blanc taste is one of the most identifiable in the world of white wines for a few reasons. First, it always has crisp, high acidity. Second, it has a chemical compound called pyrazine which gives grassy, herbal or bell pepper flavors. When grown in cooler climates or picked early, the herbaceous green character is most prominent. In warmer climates or allowed to hang longer on the vine, the pyrazine character diminishes in favor of riper fruit flavors ranging from grapefruit, to passion fruit and guava.