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Katherine Lethlean
2 October 2023 | Katherine Lethlean

Parterre SSB "Rewriting the rules"

We West Australians like to think we know what SSB stands for but The West Australian’s wine writer Paul Edwards came up with a different take on SSB recently: ”Stash Several Bottles". 

"Typically, Margaret River SSB is considered and early-drinking, dry white that shouldn't be compared with the world-class wines made from chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon..." he says, "Every rule, however, must have an exception to prove it, or perhaps in this case an exceptional exemplar to rewrite the rules".

Mr Edwards put this outstanding wine into the context of a vertical tasting comparing the characteristics of the 2010, 2016 and 2020 Parterre SSB vintages. Explaining the history of this wine, the viticultural background and the winemaking techniques employed by chief winemaker Clive Otto, Paul found much to like. 

We think he summarised it rather nicely. “The resulting wines are delicious in their youth, yet even more exceptional after ageing, which is staggering when you consider this wine retails for around $35.”

Our advice  is to enjoy the 2020 Parterre SSB this summer as a chilled aperitif at the end of a long day and with some of your favourite fresh W.A. seafood. But as the expert Mr Edwards says, SSB: "stash some bottles.

Read more about what Paul Edwards has to say in The West Australian (paywall)

Want to find out more? Why not try our Parterre SSB for yourself? 


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