2017 White Label Verdelho
Margan Verdelho has been coming from the old Saxonvale vineyards for many years now. I usually do a 3 pick program for it where I pick early for acid, middle for balance and late for tropical rich spiciness. In 2017 I picked Block 15 (a 5 acre 40 year old block) separately because it had all of the components I look for in the one batch of fruit. The natural ripeness and acidity balance will ensure this wine drinks well young but also will mature beautifully.
Region Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley
Vineyard Saxonvale Vineyard
Block Block 15 (planted 1978)
Colour Pale Straw
Nose Pine lime, green apple, lavender
Palate Pineapple, White Peach, fresh lime
Tasting Notes White stone fruit, and floral aromatics combine with a finely textured palate and generous mouthfeel. Strong acidity gives line and length to a crisp and dry finish.
Food Match Baja Fish Tacos, Chilli Mud Crab
Cellaring Enjoy now or cellar for 5 - 10 years
Winemakers Notes Low yielding, ripe and clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2017 vintage.. The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain elegant aromatics. 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 5- 10 years.
Alcohol – 13 % pH- 3.32 TA – 7.5 g/l