2022 Single Vineyard Briar Hill Chardonnay
A wetter than average winter season followed by cool and windy conditions resulted in smaller than normal bunch and berry sizes allowing for concentration of grape flavours and high natural acids. A window of warm weather in early January provided extremely high quality white grapes, particularly Chardonnay and Semillon, with the wines displaying complexity and concentration of flavours as well as fine framed structures which will enable long term bottle aging. Overall, a high quality vintage that is accessible young but will provide plenty of enjoyment after careful cellaring.
Our Single Vineyard Chardonnay block is grown on well-drained sandy loam soils located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country NSW. It is a south facing slope. The crop yields are relatively low, producing excellent concentration of fruit flavour.
Hand Picked and Whole Bunch pressed followed by sequential fill to French oak Casks (60% New) for 11 months. Left unsulphured until bottling. Bottling without finings or filtration.
Complex aromatic profile of struck match, hazelnut, nougat and lime custard. On the palate the wine displays generous regional fruit of ripe orchard pears and white peach surrounded by citrus oils and spice. This wine is concentrated and rich with fresh acidity and light phenolic spice providing all the components to enable medium to long term cellaring. This wine will likely evolve slowly over the next 4-5 years where it will showcase classic Hunter fruit alongside greater complex savoury components with more palate weight and density, holding in this style for a further 3-5 years.