Adjustments have occurred in the Barossa for some time, but the focus has mainly been on red wine. Now I have come across something interesting in white wine.
Eperosa is a small producer. Their white wine is 100% Semillon, but is called Blanc, maybe to indicate the treatment is a bit different from most Australian Semillon. The wine comes from the Magnolia vineyard in Vine Vale, characterized by deep sandy soil, similar to the best Hunter Valley locations. The vines are at least 45 years old.
I am tasting the 2017 Eperosa Magnolia Blanc. This wine has a brilliant golden colour, quite different from the often light green in Semillon, no doubt as a result of being barrel fermented. On the nose, there is lemon, but also hints of tropical fruit. The palate is quite complex and layered for a young wine, with citrus and peach dominating. The acidity is firm, but there is also some smoothness in this excellently structured wine.
This wine is good now, but will settle down a bit more in a couple of years and improve for ten years plus.