2017 White Label Ripasso
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2017 WHITE LABEL RIPASSO 

Ripasso is the Italian term used in reference to the re-passing of a wine from one ferment over the fermented skins of another. This builds concentration and complexity in the wine as well as adding freshness. In our case we have passed some of our 2017 vintage shiraz from our 40-year-old Timbervines vineyard over the fermented skins of several different varieties from the 2018 vintage. The mystery for the drinker is to figure out what we have used for the re-fermentation

Growing Season

The 2017 Hunter vintage was dry, with perfect growing conditions and produced outstanding quality wines. The hot dry ripening conditions provided us with clean, ripe flavoured fruit with firm tannins and natural acidity maintained.

Vineyard

The fruit that makes up the Shiraz base wine from 2017 was handpicked off 40yr old vines grown on the rich red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. We choose a block that consistently delivers perfect ripeness and concentration in the wine. The skins that we pass this wine over are chosen based on the vineyards that are performing best that particular year, as well as what additional nuances of tannin and flavour will complement the base wine to build complexity.

Winemaking

The 2017 and 2018 Vintages were outstanding, and this wine reflects that quality. Our young wine of Vintage 2017 is passed over the skins of the 2018 Vintage to freshen the aromatics, add concentration and complexity and build on the tannin profile. The result is an incredibly unique and complex wine that speaks of place and house in favour of varietal definition. It is robust and restrained, all at the same time. This wine is fun to make and is different every year we make it!

Tasting Notes

A concentrated full-bodied wine displaying a subtle combination of spice, plush black forest fruit and tobacco notes, coupled with nuances of violet and blue fruits and firm velvety tannins.

Wine Composition

pH                                                           3.43       

Titratable Acidity                                    7g/L

Alcohol                                                    14%

Residual Sugar                                        <1g/L

Food Match

Wagyu brisket, mushroom, celeriac and glazed onion

Cellaring Potential

15 - 20 years

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2019 WHITE LABEL TIMBERVINES TEMPRANILLO GRACIANO SHIRAZ

Inspired by some great Spanish wines and their versatility with food, we pioneered the inter-planting (field blend) of these 3 varieties together here in the Hunter Valley in 2010. Picked at the same time and vinified together as a single wine we find the Tempranillo provides the rich fruit, Graciano gives lifted floral notes and acidity and the Shiraz provides the tannin and extra structure.

Growing Season

Low yielding, high quality, clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. In 2018 this vineyard was picked in the last week of February celebrating the end of vintage and the end of working weekends!

Vineyard

The grapes are from our Timbervines Vineyard planted to red volcanic soils and cover a tiny 2 hectares. The three varieties are inter planted as a Field Blend. The challenge when making wine from a field blend is that the different varieties ripen at different stages so the art of making good wine involves balancing these ripeness’s. We enjoy the unpredictability of this and that the conditions of the vintage and the terroir will dictate the style of wine each year.

Winemaking

All three varieties were harvested and fermented together under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast.  After fermentation the wine was placed in a mixture of new and used French and American oak barriques and puncheons where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This is perfectly balanced, medium bodied wine with bright plush fruit, silky tannins and well-defined acidity which gives a long, refreshing finish. The nose has violets and black fruits and the palate has loads of forest berries, a touch of dark chocolate, soft tannins and refreshing acidity.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.46

Titratable Acidity                                7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                  13.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

10 years

Food Match

Duck and pork belly cassoulet, with creamy parmesan polenta

Cellaring Potential

20 + years

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