2018 Known Pleasures Field White

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2018 Known Pleasures Field White

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Appellation: McLaren Vale, SA
Viognier et al
Feb 2018
13.5 %
Stelvin plus screwcap
2 - 5years

Known Pleasures Field Blend White comes from a single block from the Certified Biodynamic Gateway Vineyard in McLaren Vale.

The fruit from these vines has incredible energy, intensity and a freshness of flavour not commonly found in McLaren Vale white grapes.

The harvest takes in the whole of block 4 at Gateway Vineyard and while the predominant variety is Viognier, there are pockets of rogue vines planted throughout, whose variety is a little unclear…  the result is an elegant, fresh white wine with a delicious savoury palate that is a real step sideways from the cool climate Chardonnays we are used to here.

It’s the natural partner to the Known Pleasures Shiraz from block 3 harvested some weeks later.

The name and label is a tribute to musician Ian Curtis of Joy Division, whose music is on regular rotation in the winery during vintage..


Fruit is harvested in the cool of the night and gently pressed into two components.

The first component – the “free run” is fermented naturally at cool temperatures in stainless steel to retain freshness while the “pressings” fraction is fermented warmer in large and small French oak to contribute mouthfeel.  The settled yeast lees in each batch are left undisturbed through Winter.  From that point the 2 settled parcels are blended together, given a cold chill and then a coarse filtration prior to bottling at the end of Spring.


What is a Yarra Valley winegrower doing in the McLaren Vale? It all started with our fascination for Biodynamics and Rhone varietals.  In 2002, we were offered the opportunity to become involved in a new project to plant and manage a biodynamic vineyard up on Gateway Hill, overlooking St Vincent’s Gulf in McLaren Vale.

It is a long truck ride back to the Yarra, but we believe the results justify the means. The Gateway fruit has a vibrancy and vitality that shimmers and delivers wines of great power, underpinning a delicacy and finesse not commonly found in warmer climate fruit.

There is some solid logic to Biodynamic farming that has us intrigued. It’s a challenge in the cool climate of the Yarra, but an absolute no brainer on a warm maritime site like Gateway.

Note also available in Mandarin