Freshness is the Word
"The freshness of the fruit is due to the early picking and consequent low alcohol; it is a friendly style, neither needing nor repaying much introspection". - James Hallliday
The Haan philosophy was established right at the beginning with Hanenhof Vineyards being managed as a true wine estate. This 47 acre property in the heart of the Barossa Valley, one of the worlds renowned grape growing districts, was purchased by Hans and Fransien Haan in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997.
Their clear understanding of wine excellence, providing the best possible conditions in both vineyard and winery has been the key to their success, allowing them to show distinct varietal Character and classical style. The vineyard is run on a ‘minimal input’ system, offering considerable environmental protection.
The fifty year old Semillon vines are grown in sand over deep clay, in the central Barossa floor. The vines are pruned to rod and spur with moving foliage wires to expose the fruit to maximum sunlight.
These individual varieties were picked at 12°Be' to retain the freshness and crisp natural acidity. Handpicked in the cool of the morning and crushed via a chiller to maintain the delicate aromas of these varieties. Whilst fermented separately, post fermentation they were combined to allow for maximum integration. The wine was held at 8°C during stabilsation and a very light fining prior to filtration for bottling.
As a result, the Haan 'Classic' Semillon - Sauvignon Blanc 2013 exhibits bright lemon hues with hints of youthful green impress with this lively fresh style. There is a lifted nose of tropical fruits with overtones of freshly cut hay. Delicious flavours of freshly cut tropical fruits combined with a lemon zest acidity provides a superbly crisp and clean finish. The Semillon provides the fullness throughout the palate allowing the Sauvignon Blanc to provide a lifted floral freshness. This intense fruit is well balanced by a steely mineral like acidity which gives length and persistence. It is best served with a firm bodied fish, veal, pasta, stuffed squid or stir fried.
As a measure of the quality of this winery and its wines, Haan Wines took out the prestigious award at IWSC as “Australian Producer of the Year” in 2005.