The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from our vineyard in the Broke/Fordwich sub region of the Hunter Valley. The fruit was hand harvested in the cool of the early morning to preserve quality and was immediately pressed at our Pokolbin winery. The cloudy juice was transferred to 300-litre French oak barrels where fermentation took place. After Fermentation fortnightly lees stirring gave added complexity. The wine was then matured for eight months in a combination of new and one year old French oak barrels before final blending and bottling.
2007 saw one of the earliest harvests in Hunter Valley history. Drought and mild weather conditions saw an uninterrupted and almost ideal growing season with reduced crop levels. The cooler temperatures allowed the fruit to attain full flavour ripeness, leading to great varietal characteristics in the 2007 vintage wines.
Pale yellow to straw.
Intense aromas of green melon and white peach.
The palate is rich and powerful with intense fruit flavours of melon and white peach. Use of traditional barrel fermentation and lees stirring have contributed to additional complex flinty and toasted notes.