From our home block Ceres Hill vineyard and planted over two decades ago with the help of parents and the hinderance of small children. The grey clay, south facing slope has reduced direct sun exposure and allows the opportunity to make an elegant style of chardonnay. We ferment in older French oak puncheons using high solids, natural yeasts and a moderate ferment temperature to achieve complex savoury notes. Post ferment, lees contact and batonage is used to create mid palate weight and texture. Delicious now but this style lends itself to ageing for extra complexity.
Literally translates as ‘white from white’ and refers to a classic champagne style made entirely from chardonnay. We can’t call ours champagne, but we make it in a method traditional to this famous sparkling wine region. We pick the chardonnay grapes at lower sugar levels which gives fruit with crisp green apple characters and refreshing acidity. We ferment in stainless steel and then blend with wine from previous vintages to create our ‘house style’. More yeast is added to this blend which is then bottled where it undergoes secondary fermentation (to create the bubbles and keep them trapped in the bottle). The sparkling wine then stays ‘on lees’ for 18 months to develop toasty, biscuit notes. It’s a crisp, fresh style and just in time for spring and the summer season.
The most unique variety the Hunter Valley produces. Traditionally a very lean austere wine when young however the volcanic soil of Broke Fordwich provides more palate weight and ripeness than most Hunter producers.
A dozen bottles of a crowd favourite 2019 Margan Chardonnay at an irrestible price. A delicious creamy texture, lively acidity and balanced palate. Add to that a generous helping of stone fruit and you’ve got a complex, yet approachable chardonnay.
Albariño originates from the north west coastal regions of the Iberian Peninsula (Rias Biaxas, Spain and Vinho Verde, Portugal). We planted it in on our Ceres Hill Vineyard in 2014 and were the first in the Hunter Valley (and second in Australia) to do so. The Hunter Valley produces white wines with fruit ripeness at lower alcohols and higher acids and that is exactly the style of Albariño we are growing and making. The wine has juicy lime and nashi pear flavours and a textural palate. It finishes with refreshing acidity, mineral notes and a characteristic touch of salinity, paying homage to its coastal origins. A classic catch with fresh seafood.
Here in Broke Fordwich Verdelho has established itself as a truly unique wine with classic varietal definition and structure.Our White Label has been selected fromingle block of our old vine Verdelho selected on the basis that it provides a combination of fruit flavours with medium bodied richness and strength of acidity.
Old, low yielding vines give us ripe flavours at lower sugars and higher acidity which allows me to make textured wines with less oak and finer flavour profiles. The White Label Chardonnay is picked from the old Saxonvale vineyard and is fermented in new French oak puncheons using natural yeast and a high percentage of grape solids in the ferment.
Our Ceres Hill Semillon is generously aromatic with light and crisp palate. Single vineyard and sustainably farmed.
Our White Label Verdelho has been coming from the old Saxonvale vineyards for many years now. In 2013 we picked Block 15 of the 35 acres of Verdelho, it had all of the components we look for in the one batch of fruit. It always looked like a perfect block of grapes and the wine has always looked special.