2021 Vermentino Hunter Valley
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- Hunter Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2021 - 2024
Vermentino is widely planted throughout the Mediterranean, often along the shore lines of both coasts and islands, where it produces bright clean lively wines with classic sea spray and wild herb characters. The variety has good acidity and can be made in several styles. The lighter aromatic style achieved with light pressing and cool fermentations generally without skin contact or oak maturation highlights the varieties fresh fruit and acidity.
In 2021 we have made two Vermentinos, one from the warmer Hunter Valley moderated by maritime influences and the other from the cooler Central Ranges grown at altitude on the slopes of Mount Canobolas at Orange. Although both wines were picked at similar ripeness the wines reflect the differing growing conditions and winemaking techniques.
The 2021 Hunter Valley Vermentino was whole bunch pressed before being cold settled, racked and cool fermented in stainless steel. The wine was stored on lees in tank for 3 months prior to bottling. The resulting wine is pale straw in colour with slight green tinges. It has aromas of orange blossom, ripe nashi and a flinty background. The palate is rich with ripe citrus flavour and the wine finishes with a touch of salinity and a slight pithy grapefruit bitterness. The perfect wine with grilled sardines.
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A youthful wine, zippy and lemony with background savoury oak from barrel fermentation. The palate has intense white nectarine flavours, enhanced by high acidity, plus buttery oak nuances. All the elements are there, it just needs a little time to come together. Decanting is recommended. Serve with food.
Light yellow colour with a nutty, spiced bouquet, which suggests a little oak influence and perhaps some aromatic yeast influence. There’s a touch of almond and 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 backbone to handle stronger foods. It’s quite delicious.*** "RECOMMENDED" Ranked 5 of 17 Australian Vermentino’s
Light yellow colour with a nutty spiced bouquet, which suggests a little oak influence and perhaps some aromatic yeast influence. There’s a touch of almond and almost marzipan, which continues throughout the palate which is a rich drop, perhaps not totally bone-dry, but intense and impactful, thanks in part to a substantial phenolic grip. A dry white wine with backbone to handle stronger foods. It’s quite delicious. Drink: 2019 – 2024
The Central Ranges aren’t exactly a Vermentino hot spot. A fair wine this.
Plenty of easy drinking appeal here. Chill it hard and summer time becomes relax time. An ever so slight squeeze of citrus and a whiff of lemon meringue, delivery is smooth and consistent from gate to post. A dash of spice to finish but there’s also a fresh herb character to intrigue.
Drink now to three years.
A scented nose with glacé pear aromas. The palate is full, textural and fruity with gentle warming spice on the finish. It is a riper style of vermentino, and I enjoy the intensity and the palate weight. A good food win
What Orange lacks generally in prowess of red wines, it’s leaping forth with whites. Vermentino may not be the path paved with gold, but it sure makes for a different thing to drink in the light, dry white department. Kudos to David Hook for exploring.
Light, fresh, simple, scullable white wine here. Whiffs of cucumber in tonic water, touch of stone fruit, shows the same in flavours set on tingly acidity and crisp texture. A bit washed out in flavour but doesn’t matter in the scheme of ‘drinkability’; this is an easy guzzler destined for warmer days, or turning up the air con and pretending.
A lively, zesty, pithy wine that has textural things in common with fiano, although its mix of white stone fruit and savoury relish flavours are quite different.
Light, bright yellow colour; fresh herb and baked lemon pudding aromas; a little acetate or alcohol lift on the nose and heat on the finish. A decent drink