Within the 70 acres of 50 year old Semillon vines we have there is always a block that stands out each vintage and warrants keeping by itself for bottling under our White Label range. The criteria for selection is based on vineyard balance and that flows through into the wine. We want to see good fruit character that is a reflection of the volcanic soil on which the vines grow but we also need strong acid to ensure the wine can mature slowly for many years.
The fruit for this wine was picked early, to maintain the high natural acidity with a low alcohol. This created a light bodied wine with fresh vibrant flavors and a lingering finish.
Grapefruit, Lemon, Cordite, White Grapefruit, Fresh Lemon, Minerality
Fordwich Hill Young Vines (planted 1993)
The 2015 vintage was great for whites in the Hunter. The grapes for this wine were hand picked and cold fermented in stainless steel to trap all the fine fruit characters available. The rich volcanic soils of the Broke Fordwich sub-region of which this fruit is sourced, leaves its footprint by way of a uniquely generous texture and mouth feel at a young age, allowing this wine to be easily approached now and also to age gracefully over the next 10-15 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Fresh oysters, Tuna Sashimi