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The grapes were harvested at the beginning of March, destemmed, crushed into the press where the juice and skins were held together for two hours for colour extraction. After pressing, the juice is cold settled in tank, racked and then fermented at cold temperatures to retain it’s aromatic characteristics. After fermenting 50% of it’s sugar content, corresponding to 6 –7%v/v alcohol, the ferment is stopped which retains natural sugars in the wine along with a slight spritz from ferment. The wine is then immediately filtered and sent for bottling.
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.
Swan Hill & Hunter Valley
Pale ruby pink.
Displays luscious, ripe red fruits and lifted floral notes.
Delicate, fresh strawberry fruits with a hint of spritz and crunchy acid.