Provenance & Vinification
This release of our Twenty Six Rows Chardonnay has been inspired by a parcel of fruit from one of the Hunter Valleys most iconic vineyards going back some 30 years. Located at the gateway to Pokolbin, we signify this wine's provenance by using the latitude and longitude co-ordinates of this historic family vineyard. This year we harvested the fruit in early January, just before a major storm blew in to the Valley. The fruit was crushed, pressed and chilled, with a portion sent directly to oak for natural ferment. Then after 48 hours it was racked to a selection of French oak with a small portion fermented in tank to retain natural freshness. Wild ferments and heavy solids components have offered a wine with great weight, complexity and character. Bottled in late October to maintain freshness and great drive.
Our Chardonnay is picked early to retain natural acidity and citrus flavours to balance the depth and richness from the barrel ferment and regular lees stirring that followed. This small batch represents the selection of the best french oak offering unique structure, blended with a small portion of unoaked wine to increase the fresh lifted fruit on the palate. It is the result of a 5 year discovery of Hunter Valley Chardonnay.
Perfect for summer days now, or if cellared well this wine should see 5 years+.
Enjoy with the simplest of traditional share plates, salamis, olives and bocconcini with garden tomatoes and basil… and friends.