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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. 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 tank, where it was allowed to settle then racked to new and 1 year old French oak puncheons. Fermentation was undertaken and allowed to warm up to 25°C to increase flinty-matchstick notes.
The 2018 vintage will be regarded as a great vintage in the Hunter Valley. With well below average rainfall through Winter and Spring budburst was two weeks early and in the Summer period, the dry conditions continued. These consistently warm, dry days resulted in the driest year on record and one of the earliest harvests in history and some of the most concentrated fruit flavours we’ve seen.
Enjoy now or up to 7 years.
Pale lemon-green in colour.
Lifted aromas of pear, nectarine and grapefruit with hints of toast.
A bright acidity frames a mouth filling palate of fresh green apple and white nectarine flavours with a textured, creamy mouth feel on the finish.