Notes provided by Andries and Yoko aka Brave New Wine:
More than any other of the Brave New Wines, Sunshine & Hercules has had fairly dramatic stylistic swings, in the search for a wine which is undeniably Great Southern Riesling but with the house stamp. It has been super pure, leesy, oaky, flor-y and skinsy at times. These characters were determined by seasonal variation of the fruit, but also by what was happening in the winery. The Riesling always comes in at the most hectic time of vintage, and it’s okay that it is always different. This year saw a push of the level of solids in the ferment, like a funky, wild-fermented Chardonnay.
The fruit is single vineyard Porongurup Riesling, grown by the fabulous Rosie & Ian at Zarephath. A few hours’ skin contact was followed by pressing for a quick overnight settle with no enzymes or sulphur. The cloudy juice was racked with all but the heaviest solids to a ceramic egg and an older French oak puncheon for 100% natural fermentation, then left on lees for six months before blending and bottling. This year we’ve ended up with a flinty style, with malted barley, hay and honeycomb over a base of lime skin and honeysuckle.