Unfortunately, I could copy and paste the previous year’s seasonal conditions to describe the last 12 months. We have experienced another extremely hot dry 12 months. The Valley is now in a severe drought and all our dams are virtually empty, conditions are the driest we can remember. The forecast is for continuing dry conditions in Spring, the only hope is that there may be a chance of a break in the Summer. So once again we are looking at reduced yields of high- quality fruit.
Your Spring Pack features 4 wines from 2018 Vintage, 2 from 2019 Vintage, both Vintages producing quality wines.
We have included a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Gris to compare and contrast. The first wine is our perennial favourite the 2019 Pinot Grigio. The Pinot Grigio is from our Hunter Valley vineyards, picked in early January to ensure a lively citrus style the wine was bottled after a short maturation in tank on light lees to retain a youthful brightness. A fresh early drinking style, the wine was awarded a Silver Medal at last week’s NSW Small Winemakers Show. The 2018 Central Ranges Pinot Gris was grown on Mount Conobolas at Orange. The cooler climate allows for slow ripening and maximum flavour while retaining acidity. The grapes were whole bunched pressed, and the juice was barrel fermented, the wine stored on lees for six months prior to bottling. The resulting wine is rich and complex with ripe Gris flavours a great accompaniment to the evening plate of pasta.
The two 2018 Chardonnays in this pack also represent slightly contrasting styles. Both wines from our Pothana Vineyards at Belford. The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay is a lightly oaked fresh fruit driven style to be enjoyed when young and lively. The 2018 Old Vines Chardonnay harvested a week later when slightly riper and full flavoured was barrel fermented in French oak Puncheons one third being new. The wine was aged for 6 months on lees the toasty oak adding char and vanilla flavours to a rich structured style. While already drinking beautifully now a couple of years in the cellar would result in a more fully integrated style. This is my favourite wine in your pack.
The 2018 Vermentino from the Central Ranges and was described by Huon Hooke in the Real Review:
“Light yellow in colour with a nutty, spiced bouquet, which suggests a little oak influence and perhaps some aromatic yeast influence. There’s a touch of almost marzipan, which continues throughout the palate which is rich and deep, perhaps not totally bone-dry, but intense and impactful, thanks in part to a substantial phenolic grip. A dry white wine with a backbone to handle stronger foods. It’s quite delicious. 91 Points
Hot dry years in the Hunter Valley often produce wines with a generosity of fruit not usually expected in young Semillons. The 2019 Old Vines Semillon is such a wine with intense lemon zest fruit characters, concentrated flavours and slightly gently acid creates an attractive early drinking style.
If you are heading to the Hunter please call ahead to book a tasting and remember there is no tasting charge for you. We love showing you our range and discussing our new and aged releases.
Many visitors to our cellar often drop by on your recommendation and we do appreciate that so many of you are happy to spread the word.
Budburst and Spring are not far away and there is a buzz about as we commence the new season, so we hope to see you at our cellar soon to renew acquaintances and suggest some wines to top up your cellar.
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