The grapes for this wine were sourced from our local growers as well as the historic Audrey Wilkinson vineyard. The grapes were harvested in January and immediately whole bunch pressed, cold settled and 70% of the blend racked to French oak barriques and puncheons and the other portion to tank for fermentation. No secondary malolactic fermentation took place in order to retain fruit freshness. The wine was matured for 8 months with the barrels stirred fortnightly to enhance texture. The wine was racked and lightly fined with skim milk, filtered and bottled.
The 2019 vintage will be regarded as a great vintage in the Hunter Valley. A dry winter was followed by good rainfall in spring and summer which set the vines up with healthy canopies. The ripening period was consistently warm and dry which resulted in yields that were slightly down but quality was very high. The white and red wines are full of flavour and will be highly sought after.
Enjoy now – 5 years.
Straw yellow with green hues.
White nectarine and citrus fruits, with subtle hints of savoury oak.
The palate is juicy and balanced with flavours of white nectarine and green apple, and a refreshing crisp acidity. Subtle use of French oak adds structure and complexity.