Keep it natural, baby.
This is better known as the artist formerly known as 'Beach' Savagnin, however it has gone off to boarding school and grown up quite a bit. That said this same 'boarding school grad' also tried to enter the 2020 job market, also regarded as the hardest job market ever... This is the analogy of the 'new style' of Savagnin from the boys as well as the challenges of the 2020 vintage for them. Three insanely dry winters in a row were met by an absurdly hot summer in Jan/Feb. Prior to this hellish heat wave, there was a hard November frost, which is completely unheard of prior to this vintage. This reduced the yields by more than 90%...thus severely limiting what little 'commercial' aspect this wine has ever had. That said, what was there was good...really good. The fruit comes off of the biodynamic Gemtree Vineyard in the Vale proper and is the vineyard that really pulls at the strings of Dave & Koen. Going back to the quantity issue, it is a sad situation that there is only one single barrel of this to share with the world, so enjoy the ride while it lasts.
The fruit was picked the third week of February and locked the whole-bunches up in a tank with a bit of dry ice and let it go crazy for 25 days. During this time the tank and grapes were left to their own vices, this took a lot of trust for Y&K given their propensity to muck around. After a month on stems and skins the grapes were basket-pressed to a single neutral French puncheon where it aged without any additions for six months. The wines were bottled without fining, filtration, or any sulfur additions.
Dave Geyer and Koen Janssens are the Yetti and the Kokonut. These two high-octane, talented young winemakers have partnered up to produce some truly original and thrilling wines from sustainable vineyards across South Australia. A friendship turned into a balanced wine making partnership, Yetti who manages the vineyards and Koko who does the sale side off the business. Together they make the wine. Strongly believing that it all starts in the vineyard, Yetti and the Kokonut always farm, co farm or have a strong input into the vineyards they take fruit from. The name Yetti and the Kokonut comes form their nicknames given during vintage. These wines are colourful, flavourful and a little tongue in cheek. Best served with good friends and plenty of good vibes.
Katie and Denny
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