2019 WHITE LABEL SAXONVALE MOURVÈDRE
The entire Hunter has Shiraz vines, but we are not sure who had the foresight to plant a field blend of Shiraz with Mourvèdre back in the late 1960’s. We now have this vineyard and are glad they did. We usually blend the Mourvèdre with Shiraz, however In 2019 the quality of Mourvèdre was exceptional so we handpicked a selection of the rows at the top of the block and kept this fruit separate through fermentation and maturation. When we took it out of barrel 18 months later, we deemed the quality of this batch high enough to bottle as a straight Mourvèdre which we had never done before. It is the first and the only Mourvèdre made in the Hunter.
Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics was a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we hand picked in mid January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high
Our Saxonvale Vineyard has fifty year old Shiraz and Mourvèdre vines which are interplanted as a field blend on a three hectare block growing on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. We usually harvest this block together as a field blend, but in exceptional vintages we hand a small amount of Mourvèdre to express as a single variety.
The Fruit for this wine was handpicked and fermented in a temperature-controlled environment. After fermentation, the wine was placed in old used French oak barriques and puncheons where it matured for 18 months prior to bottling.
Deep ruby in colour with aromas of raspberry, cherry, and mulberry. The palate is rich with bright red berry fruits and cherry cola, soft tannins and fresh acidity drive the finish.
Titratable Acidity 6.9g/L
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Duck breast with confit cherry and cauliflower puree
Enjoy now or cellar over the next ten years.
Gold Medal Hunter Valley Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal NSW Wine Show 2020
Trophy Best Other Red Varietal NSW Wine Show 2020