Empirica Funk L'Orange 2020

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Empirica Funk L'Orange 2020

RRP: $29.00

Region: Great Southern
Variety: 66% Gewurztraminer 44% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 10.5%



Funk is a pale orange with golden highlights. The wine was not filtered so has fine and fluffy sediment. We recommend inverting the bottle to mix and thus allowing the sediment to contribute to the texture and experience of the wine. First sniff reveals roses and lychee with a backdrop of baked lemon tart. Texture was our aim and texture is the game as the wine swirls over the tongue and down to where it can do more good; the reward is rose water and fine green-tea-like tannins. This wine can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods – from rich crustaceans in cream to clean and crisp Vietnamese. A hammock in the shade would also work.

Tasting notes (PDF download)
2020, 2016

The 2020 was a very high-quality vintage, virtually every pick, throughout the entire region has been approximately 50 per cent down, with some varieties yield being down by 70 per cent. It really has caught all viticulturists by surprise as by appearance the crops look generally on par with most other seasons. The real difference is in bunch and berry size – they are considerably small. On the upside of that – tiny berries equal lots of intensity and flavour.
In sum, the 2020 fruit will make outstanding wines, but very little of them, making this vintage a very rare one.

After first pressing the Gewurztraminer grapes for its aromatic juice, 20% of the skins were then reused and fermented with sparkling Chardonnay juice. The fermenting of white grape skins in white wine has ancient origins before people discovered ways to separate the clear juice thousands of years ago. The ferment started naturally and was treated like a red wine with gentle hand plunging 3 times a day in a small fermenter. The wine sat on skins for 30 days to continue to extract tannins and Gewurztraminer rose garden character. Pressing was a gentle affair with excess wines squeezed out using our hands before ageing in small stainless steel barrels on full lees for 18 months prior to bottling in October 2021.

Alcohol: 11.3%
pH: 3.50
T/A: 5.9g/L
Residual Sugar: <1g/L

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