Sigurd - Chenin 2021
Region: Clare Valley
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Lovely Chenin from Daniel Grahams which shows some great varietal character Very generous fruit profile with bright apples, juicy pear and some soft stonefruits in the mix but great natural acid drives things and makes for a super crisp and moreish drop.
NOTES FOR NERDS
Sourced from one of the most northern blocks in Clare Valley, this Chenin vineyard is around 55 years old. It was picked around 11.5 baume and half is then destemmed and pressed while the other is whole bunch fermented in an open tank for 13 days. The juice was transferred into an old 500L French oak puncheons and a couple new Russian oak Puncheons. Left to ferment in oak to dryness for about 5 months, racked from oak once and a small amount of sulphur added before bottling.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Sigurd is the story based around Daniel Grahams great grandfather who spawned from Norway. Despite only meeting his great grandfather as a two year old Dan feels an incredible connection to him and his nordic heritage. His middle name is Sigurd and despite copping a small amount of grief through high school he proudly uses it his brand name.
Every vintage of Sigurd is subtly different, be it a change in the blend or style to best show off that years conditions. For the most part Dan’s grapes are sourced or grown under organic principles, something he is working hard to have across the board. Once in the cellar his wines are as hands off as possible with only indigenous yeasts used, no adjustments of acid or tannin and minimal sulphur added at bottling (max 30ppm). He is proud of the Barossa Valley and his reds in particular speak of the richness of the terroir while still harbouring an immense freshness and drinkability, not always an easy task in one of Australia’s warmest regions. Dan is one of the most exciting winemakers coming out of the Barossa and we are so thrilled with his evolution over the last few years.