Alpha Domus Leonarda LH Semillon Viognier 2019 375ml
Alpha Domus has a long-term love affair with sweet wine making. This one is affectionately named for Alpha Domus co-founder Leonarda Maria Ham.
All grapes were picked from our estate vineyard. Partial botrytis infection meant that the yield was reduced considerably to 4 tonnes/ha. All vines are cane pruned with shoot thinning and second set removal performed as required. Partial leaf plucking occurs at
veraison. The 2015 vintage gave us the opportunity to pick Viognier in April and Semillon in May with exceptional flavour and balanced acidity.
Both fully and partially botrytised Semillon and Viognier grapes were harvested over several weeks from our estate vineyard. The resulting juice averaged 32 Brix across the four separate picking dates, showing great concentration and richness. The grapes were gently pressed, the juice cold settled for 48 hours, racked and then fermented in stainless
steel tanks. Fermentation took three to six weeks depending on the batch. The fermentation was stopped once the perfect balance of alcohol, acidity and sweetness had been achieved.
Made predominantly from Semillon, with a dash of botrytis Viognier, Leonarda has aromas of honeysuckle, dried rose petals and lime. The luscious palate of orange blossom, apricot and honey flavours are completed by a zesty citrus finish. Ideal as an aperitif, or to complete your evening.
As an aperitif with paté or perfect with desserts like citrus tart, panna cotta and crème brulee.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING
Total acidity 7.2 g/l
Residual Sugar <121 g/l