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June 26th 2011

Printhie 2010 Mt Canobolas Collection Orange Sauvignon Blanc

At last it’s here - the much anticipated Printhie 2010 Mt Canobolas Collection Sauvignon Blanc. This wine represents our first attempt at a reserve sauvignon blanc. The aim was to produce a wine that retains its varietal characteristics but provided a different expression of sauvignon blanc.

We are very proud of this wine and hope that it contributes to a new dimension in Australian sauvignon blanc. Sauvignon blanc is the Orange region’s hero variety and one of the leading varieties in the Printhie portfolio. It was always intended that the wine shouldn’t shy away from varietal fruit expression and should show additional flavour nuance and complexity as well as a different texture. The wine is essentially made in the same manner as our MCC Chardonnay, minus the new oak. So juice solids were retained, natural yeast ferment, warmer ferment temperature, fermentation in small vessels such as older oak and 1,000 litre tanks, lees stirring and some degree of natural malolactic fermentation. We have a large vested interest in pushing winemaking methods and stylistic boundaries for sauvignon blanc. We want to better the breed and introduce consumers to exciting possibilities of sauvignon blanc - not only now, but 5 years into the future and beyond.

If you could please indulge us, don’t drink the wine too cold or too quickly. We have found that as the wine warms up from fridge temperature and is exposed to air in the glass, the immediate fruit intensity falls away a little to allow the additional layers of complexity and texture to come forward.

There is not a huge volume of this wine - just 450 cases. It’s recommended retail price is $35.00 per bottle. Expensive for sauvignon blanc, yes but when you consider the no compromise approach, the cost of production, the labour intensive ‘elevage’ and the quality of the wine, we like to think that it is more than justified and still represents good value.

This is the first wine release with some new packaging tweaks for the MCC range. It includes a new bottle shape and minor label detail changes - little details, but important nonetheless, just like the detail in the wine - without the detail it would all be rather boring.

Thanks for indulging us. We hope you enjoy the wine.

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