Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man Vin de Paille Semillon Half 2002
Between 1998 and 2006, Californian cult winery Sine Qua Non also made a range of sweet wines in collaboration with famed Austrian winemaker, Alois Kracher. ‘Straw Man’ denotes a style akin to the Vin de Paille wines of the Rhône Valley whereby grapes are air-dried on straw mats for 2 months before fermentation. This 2002 is made from 100% Semillon from the Brander Vineyard and was aged for 30 months in barrel. With 482g/L of residual sugar it is incredibly sweet and rich yet has quite remarkable balance and freshness.