The 2016 vintage was awarded 95 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Australia's "Other" Whites (see blue links below).
Cherubino LF Field Blend 2016 - November 2017 Decanter review
Named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday and Matt Skinner, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, canopy and water management, picking at the right time and minimal intervention in the winery. Larry also makes wine under the Laissez Faire label, an exquisite range of natural wines which are the ultimate expression of site, made in small batches from hand harvested grapes. From delicate whites to opulent reds, all his wines have pure class and finesse.
While inspiration has been taken from organics, biodynamics and natural winemaking practices, they are not dictated to by one school of thought, these are what could be called natural wines, but Larry Cherubino likes to think of them as "post natural" wines. Believing in healthy and sustainable vineyard practices, Larry Cherubino grows all his own grapes and can account for their provenance and natural status.
A cool, wet winter was followed by a mild summer with temperatures 5°C lower than average. This resulted in a harvest which was three weeks later than normal, but patience was rewarded with highly aromatic wines. Fruit thinning and attention to viticulture was particularly essential this year. Aromatic varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Glera, Sauvignon Gris and Gewurztraminer powered through the difficult conditions in March.
Laissez Faire means "let it be" and this is reflected in the hands-off approach of winemaking. As the name suggests, the grapes selected for this Field Blend were harvested at the same time and blended in the field. The fruit was gently destemmed, then the parcels were allowed to ferment naturally on their skins for a period of five days. No additives, sulphites, acids or enzymes were added during the vinification of this blend, with only minimal sulphur added at bottling.
Gewürztraminer 55%, Pinot Gris 29%, Riesling 11%, Pinot Blanc 5%.
An elegant blend with an exotic yet fresh symphony of citrus, passionfruit, mineral notes and rose water. Layers of pear, nougat, Turkish delight are interwoven on the soft and refined palate through to a long finish with a subtle but drying acidity.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
ABV = 12.5%.