peter michael l' apres midi sauvignon blanc 2017 1.5 liter (magnum)
This is our estate grown Sauvignon Blanc blended with a touch of Semillon. The fruit is grown on our Knights Valley Estate in the Les Pavots vineyard alongside our Bordeaux red varietals at 1,000 to 1,200 feet above sea level. The grapes are sorted by hand, whole cluster pressed and then naturally fermented in barrel. No malolactic fermentation was conducted in order to preserve the fruity and zesty character of the Sauvignon Blanc. The name translates to "The Afternoon," which according to Sir Peter is a good time to start drinking it.
The 2017 growing season began with abundant rainfall, ending California's long drought. Spring weather was cool but dry, resulting in an extended blooming period and some shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains and aggressive canopy management and fruit thinning brought the crop into optimal balance. Warmer than normal conditions after veraison accelerated ripening leading to an early start of harvest. A return of cooler conditions allowed our Sauvignon Blanc and SÃ©millon to gradually reach perfect ripeness. Picking was completed on the last day of September with a moderately sized harvest, resulting in elegant vintage of L'Apres-Midi with a distinctive exotic edge.
The 2017 L'Apres-Midi is a superb expression of our estate terroir. Intense and exotic on the nose, the bouquet exhibits spring flowers, honeysuckle, iris, pink roses, citrus, and passion fruit completed by acacia honey. The mouthfeel is balanced, rich and elegant with zesty flavors reminiscent of the aromas with addition of bergamot, greengage, pastry elements, and subtle notes of toasted almonds. Present now, the signature minerality will become more pronounced with age. The finish is layered, gourmand, and extremely long and elegant. Although the wine is already accessible, it will age gracefully for a decade.
Harvested: September 7 - 30, 2017
Blend: 86% Sauvignon Blanc & 14% Semillon
100% naturally fermented using native yeasts
100% barrel fermented in French oak fromselect artisan coopers
Barrel aged sur lies 8 months with gentle biweekly batonnage
97 points - James Suckling
"This is very rich and dense with layer after layer of fruit - quince, lemons and baked pears. Full body. Hints of phenolic structure. This is a dead ringer for top white Bordeaux, such as Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Crunchy acidity. A blend of 90 per cent sauvignon blanc and 10 per cent sÃ©millon. Enjoyable now, but better in 2020."
93 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% SÃ©millon (30% Musque clone) 100% barrel fermented with 10% new oak, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc l'Apres Midi gives wonderfully perfumed notes of honeyed apricots, guava and passion fruit with touches of lime blossoms and lemongrass plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling exotic fruit with seamless freshness and a good long finish."
1.5L bottle (MAGNUM)