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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 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.
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.