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The 2014 vintage was a once in a lifetime vintage. Perfect ripening conditions provided grape chemistry with perfect balance. This gave ripe fruit flavours with lots of acid and fine tannin structures. These grapes were selected from the volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill.
The Hunter Valley has some of the oldest productive Shiraz grapevines in the world.Warm summers in the Hunter Valley provides perfect conditions for ripe, medium bodied red wines. Our 50-year-old vineyards grown on the red volcanic earth of the Fordwich Sill gives us plenty of opportunities to select our best block of shiraz to hand pick, ferment, and bottle on its own under our prestigious White Label.
Ripasso is inspired from the Northern Italian winemaking tradition of 'repassing' a previous year's wine from barrel over fresh pressed skins from another wine. The wine picks up richness and body, a degree or two of alcohol and additional tannins. We only do this in outstanding vintages.
Our 2019 Rosé is straight off the bottling line and ready to enjoy! A blend of Merlot and Barbera were picked and immediately pressed off skins to encourage floral aromatics and elegant fruits reminiscent of roses and bramble. A small parcel of skin fermented Pinot Gris gives this wine fantastic texture.
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.
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.
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.
Medium bodied with bramble, allspice and red fruits notably cherry, underpinned by a savoury earthiness which expresses the rich, volcanic soils of this vineyard. Barbera is the ultimate food wine.
We were the first to inter-plant these varieties with Shiraz here in the Hunter Valley in 2010. The grapes are picked together and made as one to capture the fruit of the Tempranillo, acid of the Graciano and tannins of the Shiraz whilst expressing the savoury medium bodied nature of the climate and soil this single vineyard provides.
These 50-year-old vines are the only example of this unique combination in the Hunter Valley. The grapes are picked and vinified together giving a wine with loads of character. Concentrated black forest fruits, liquorice, spice and earth. Dusty tannins add structure and the finish is long and lingering.