Empire of Dirt
Empire of Dirt
- Sauvignon Blanc
It's not just Marlborough that grows classy Sauvignon Blanc. This fresh bone dry Sauvignon from the Yarra Valley has subtle varietal characters: a grassy nose, with grapefruit and a textured chalky finish. A third of the grapes are crushed and left to soak overnight before pressing which gives a bit more texture to the wine.
Six hogsheads made by Timo Mayer and son Rivar. Fruit from a neighbour of theirs. Whole-bunch pressed with one-third on skins overnight. Barrel-fermented in used French oak. Pretty natural winemaking with no temperature control. Lightly grassy nose. Bone dry and very juicy. Chalky finish. Lots of texture. Fresh and slightly floral.
About Empire of Dirt
Empire of Dirt is an exclusive label made in partnership with Pinot Noir genius Timo Mayer, by his son Rivar. Today the Yarra is feted for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but historically there was a broader mix of grapes grown, think Mount Mary and Coldstream Hills. Timo and Rivar find well managed vineayards which they think are producing good fruit. They then make the wine simply with a percentage of whole bunch fermentation, which is Timo's trademark, and no additions.
Rivar seems to have inherited his father’s down-to-earth turn of phrase: ‘The Savvy comes from a vineyard next to us which the old man looks after. It was whole bunch pressed, with a third crushed and left overnight before pressing. We wanted to give the wine more varietal characters and texture. The wine had good acidity and didn't need any additions apart from a little sulphur. Good S**t.’