In 2016 we decided to produce an entry level white into the Coates range. The concept of La Petite Blanc was brought into fruition using predominantly Sauvignon Blanc. The cool climate location of the Adelaide Hills Kuitpo vineyards ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.
The fruit was given minimal skin contact and pressed using a closed tank press to yield the softest fruit characters. Post press the juice was racked to barrel to remove coarse solids. The partially settled juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in 25% new and the balance seasoned French oak barrels then aged on lees for nine months. The wine was sulphured post primary ferment to block MLF. Blended and bottled in November 2016, La Petite Blanc will be drinking well for another one to four years.
Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained passionfruit accents accompanied by banana and a hint of stone fruit. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and subtle toast notes leading into a long, crisp finish.
Alcohol – 13.0% by volume Residual sugar – 1.4 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.41 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.68 g/L
pH – 3.23 Sulphur Dioxide – 160 mg/L Total; 29 mg/L Free