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This wine is handpicked from our Marsh Vineyard which was first planted in 1971 and uniquely possesses both the fabled pale, alluvial soils renowned for the best whites in the Hunter Valley as well as elevated red soils equally famed for Hunter Valley reds. The vines here are dry grown, relying only on rainfall. The resulting naturally lower yields deliver amazing concentration of flavours. The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise phenolics and cold settled for 2 days. Clean juice was racked and fermented cool for 15 days to retain varietal characters. The wine was then lightly fined with skim milk, filtered and bottled early to retain freshness
The 2017 vintage will be regarded as a great Hunter Valley vintage, with ideal warm growing conditions leading up to vintage. After some spring and early summer rains, the vines were healthy and had plenty of foliage. Very dry and hot summer conditions with temperatures over 40 degrees meant the tannin and flavour profile of the fruit was allowed to fully mature. The 2017 white and red wines will be full of flavour and highly sought after.
Enjoy now or up to 7 years.
Pale lemon-green in colour.
A nose of limes and lemongrass, with hints of green apple.
An intense palate of citrus fruits along with crunchy green apples and kaffir lime leaves. The long, and balanced palate is supported by a fresh acidity.