The grapes were harvested during the second week of February from our Western Ridge Semillon off the historic Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. The grapes were pressed, cold settled and the juice was concentrated by reverse osmosis to increase the sugar to 18 Baume. The concentrated juice was then transferred to 50% new French oak for fermentation. Following 6 months maturation in oak, the wine was carefully blended, lightly fined with skim milk, filtered and bottled.
The 2018 vintage will be regarded as a great vintage in the Hunter Valley. With well-below average rainfall through winter and spring, budburst was two weeks early and in the summer period, the dry conditions continued. These consistently warm, dry days resulted in the driest year on record and one of the earliest harvests in history with some of the most concentrated fruit flavours we've seen.
Enjoy now -5 years.
Aromas of honey and lemon curd with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.
A vibrant and complex wine displaying rich lemon curd flavours, a luscious mouthfeel balanced by a clean and crisp citrus finish.
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