Yokel Verdelho, Dormilona 2021
Verdelho Swan Valley, W.A
Yokel is Jo's showcase for the great vineyards and fruit sources in the Swan Valley. A dollar from every bottle of Yokel sold goes to the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise, an initiative working to raise awareness of the critically endangered status of Australia’s rarest reptile, who finds its home in Swan Valley. You can find more information about the Yokel project here https://www.dormilona.com.au/yokel/
Verdelho is a classic variety from the Swan Valley, lost in the wave of alternate varieties planted over the years. This fruit is from the traditional Lamonts vineyard planting, upper Swan, 80 years of age & dry grown. Hand harvest, then destemmed into open for slight skin contact, basket pressed straight to tank for a chill ferment. Battonaged on heavy lees for 3 months, full malo then racked & a touch of sulphur at bottling.
All the way from Margaret River, W.A Dormilona are produced by a self confessed “lazy bones” winemaker, Josephine Perry. Referring to Jo’s low intervention approach to wine making, rather than her work ethic, she is very similar to me in that she is a one woman show ( whilst being a young mum ) and she chooses to focus her energy on the quality of the fruit that she brings into the winery. Using only organically and biodynamic fruit from vineyards across the Margaret River & Swan Valley, Jo creates natural wines from hero varieties from region such as Chardonnay & Cab Sauv, that have flair and originality. These are Jo’s babies, that’s she handcrafts with so much love and care & you can really taste it in every glass. This is Wander's first foray into importing and Im so extremely proud to be working with Jo and that we managed to find a way to get her wines to the other side of the world during a global pandemic!