Prue’s Verjus (non-alcoholic) 2017 – Products – Henschke

2017 Prue's Verjus (non-alcoholic)

Varieties
Grenache
Muscat Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage
2017
Country
Australia
Region
Eden Valley
Bottle size
750 mL
Description

Verjus is a complex, pressed juice from unfermented grapes. This wonderful grapey condiment can be used as a replacement for citrus in drinks or vinegar in cooking.

Pale straw with a green hue. Spicy, fragrant and zesty grape blossom, citrus rind and stone-fruit aromas. The palate is fresh and juicy with spicy grape flavours, tangy apples and stone-fruits, crisp acidity and a zesty finish.

Serving Suggestion Prue's Verjus Spritzer

Body

light

Winemaking Notes

The grapes are handpicked at veraison (onset of colouring in grapes) to reduce the cropload in our vineyards. This is a perfect time to make verjus because it is at the start of flavour development in the grape when the acids are still high and the sugars are around 10%. Whole-bunch pressing is the next process, the juice is then cold settled and sterile filtered into the bottle.

Growing Conditions

A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January,
however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Lenswood vineyards. By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the
onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties and some Eden Valley shiraz were in before Easter, moving on to the rest of our Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature riesling and elegant shiraz from Eden Valley that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.

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