2018 White Label Ceres Hill Chardonnay
The first vineyards that Lisa and I planted were Semillon and Chardonnay on the south eastern facing slope under our house above the winery on a grey alluvial clay, Ceres Hill Vineyard. We found last year that at almost 30 years of age these vines are starting to produce some really high quality distinctive fruit. From the 2018 vintage we decided to keep this fruit separate and release it in limited quantities as a single vineyard Chardonnay under our prestigious white label.
Region Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley
Vineyard Home block, Ceres Hill
Colour Pale Lemon
Nose White stonefruit, green apple, spiced pear
Palate White nectarine, grapefruit, subtle oak influences, crisp lime acid drive giving line and length
Tasting Notes This wine has a lovely balance of complex savoury characteristics from the natural fermentation on full solids giving richness and midpalate weight to this wine. The oak sits softly around the core fruit profile of white stonefruit, apple and pear. High natural acidity contributes line and length and excellent age ability.
Food Match Crispy Pork belly with confit apple and potato dauphinoise
Cellaring 10 years +
Winemakers Notes The 2018 vintage was hot and dry and produced outstanding quality fruit from all varieties. This wine was fermented in 500 litre French puncheon barrels using high solids, natural yeasts and a moderated ferment temperature to achieve complex savoury aromatics. Post ferment, lees contact and batonage is used to create mid palate weight and texture. High acidity gives this wine balance and a long finish, as well as contributing to the cellaring potential of the wine.