In 2002 we started a white wine project.
Under the tutelage of the outstanding Janice McDonald we prepared 5 barrels of Sauvignon Blanc and 5 barrels of Semillon with full-bore winemaking and lashings of new French oak. This went on for 18 months and then we bottled 200 cases, unlabelled, and put it aside. At that time the wine looked disjointed and harsh. We re-visited the wine a year or so later and OMG, it was so different. the wine had morphed into this lush, generous, complex, intense thing. We stuck it into the Margaret River Regional Wineshow and it won top of class in the 'older blended whites' category. 3 years on and now the project was validated.
Between 2005 and 2010 we further developed the style. The wine got a label, and a name first, Arlewood Sussex Loc 3991 SSB, then Arlewood Reserve SSB. It also got a reputation, as the white wine for red meat. 2010 was the last vintage of the Reserve SSB. I took a break from the style to consider a shift to an alta label to represent the very best collection of white wines and red wines in the winery in any one year. And so emerged the La Bratta Bianco and La Bratta Rosso selection.
La Bratta is another story to tell.
For the moment, we are down to the last of the Arlewood Reserve SSB. The right time to enjoy this powerhouse white wine.