The Yarra Valley’s Out of Step Wine Co established their winery with the intention of making a benchmark Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc. This single vineyard Sauvignon is an energetic, exciting expression of the varietal.
Hand-picked fruit is pressed to a miniscule amount of French oak, resulting in an incredibly fresh and racy Sauvignon. With a slight floral and citrus nose, the balanced acidity makes for a refreshing and delightfully unexpected white.
Hand-picked, pressed direct to French oak (5% new) for wild fermentation, including partial mlf. There's no mucking around, this is in the heart of the Out of Step style, penetrating and complex, insisting you taste it (you won't be sorry), even if you don't like sauvignon blanc. It is racy, raw, and is real wine. 530 dozen made.
96 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
Pristine sauvignon blanc. It feels incredibly pure. It’s steely and rind-like though it’s also juicy and fresh. A background of herbs, a vanilla bean/honeysuckle note, citrus and gooseberry, the latter adding power and drive rather than breadth. Pure class from start to finish, and it will improve with a little extra time in bottle too.
94 points, The Wine Front (September 2018)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.