Hunter Valley Semillon is lean and racy in its youth but develops texture and complexity with age. It also will reflect the origins of where it is grown. This wine is planted on the dolerite soils of the Fordwich Sill which leaves its footprint by way of a richer and softer wine with more palate weight in its youth, as opposed to Semillon grown on grey clay or alluvial soils.
Our Aged Release Semillon has been made in a very pure style and the bottle maturation allows both the young wine and the older wine to be seen in the one glass. The grapes for this Semillon were handpicked in the cool of the morning from vines yielding less than one tonne to the acre. The wine has been made in the traditional low sugar manner that produces wines with great ageing potential. The juice was fermented under temperature controlled conditions to maintain all of its fruit characters.
Our Timbervines Chardonnay block was planted in 1972 on the Fordwich Sill and continuously produces high quality concentrated fruit with a distinct lime acid backbone. Naturally fermented on full solids in 1-2year old puncheons, this modern Australian chardonnay shows the perfect balance of subtle oak, texture, elegant fruit, and long acidity. Made in small volumes, only 500 cases produced.
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.
Our Ceres Hill Semillon is generously aromatic with light and crisp palate. Single vineyard and sustainably farmed.
Australia has been growing this variety for about 150 years and this sub-region of Broke Fordwich has some of the oldest vines in the country.Typically, it has tropical fruit with a rich spicy palate and is made in a medium bodied dry style without oak. Our White Label Verdelho has been selected for pristine fruit, finesse and refreshing acidity.
Andrew made a great Rosé- Margan Shiraz Saignée, for about 20 vintages and then got bored with it so declared he wouldn’t make it anymore. Just as the Rose’ boom hit! Lisa decided to take over the project and with our winemaker Nicole Wilson and daughter Alessa Margan they re-worked the style, renamed the wine Rose & Bramble and designed a new label. Since we launched it in 2018 it has won medals, trophies and fans. Andrew is still part of the picture – he grows the grapes – and reluctantly acknowledges that he is also a fan of the new style.