Our BC4 block is number 4 of 8 blocks of different Heritage Shiraz clones all located within our Fordwich Sill vineyards and planted to red volcanic soils. The intensity of fruit from BC4 has always stood out from other blocks and vineyards so in 2018 we bottled the block
individually to capture this vibrancy of fruit.
Back in the early 1980’s when I was making wine at Tyrrell’s, I had the pleasure of working beside a young German who had come to Australia for the harvest and to travel. His name was Ado Huesgen and was an eight-generation grape grower and winemaker from the Middle Mosel. Ado has seven hectares of beautiful old vineyards in the areas of Traben and Enkirch. These are planted on weathered grey slate and provides him with beautiful Riesling grapes. Ado suggested we select a special block within those seven hectares which would showcase his winegrowing excellence and my winemaking skills. Here is this special collaboration.
Ripasso is the Italian term used in reference to the re-passing of a wine from one ferment over the skins of another. In our case we have passed some of our 2014 vintage shiraz from our 40-year-old Timbervines vineyard over the skins of a number of different varieties from the 2015 and 2016 vintages. The mystery for the drinker is to figure out what skins we have used for the re-fermentation.
Picked from vines yielding less than two tonnes to the acre and grown on the red basalt soil of Broke Fordwich, from some of the oldest Verdelho vines planted in Australia. This pack contains a dozen bottles of our 2018 Margan Verdelho.
The grapes for this wine came from the Timbervines Vineyard which is part of the original Lindemans Fordwich Sill plantings of the late 1960’s. This 30 acre block was planted on original Busby vine stock and has been farmed using vertical shoot positioning. It crops at around 1 tonne to the acre which is very low. Picked at around the 13.5 baume mark, the climate of the Hunter provides us with medium bodied reds with great natural acid and lower alcohol.
The Fordwich Hill vineyard was planted by Lindemans on the red volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill in the late 1960’s.This vineyard produces wines of a richer softer style with intense citrus like flavours because the soil allows us to leave the fruit on for increased ripeness of flavor without loss of acidity. Made in the pure Hunter style with clean juice, stainless steel and neutral yeast.
Merlot is a softer variety that has plush fruit characters and silky tannins. Combined with a hint of spice… you had me at merlot.