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2019 Ceres Hill Chardonnay


Our Ceres Hill Chardonnay block is a small one-hectare block planted over two decades ago with the help of parents and the hinderance of small children. The grey clay, south facing slope has reduced direct sunlight exposure and consistently provides a refined elegant style of Chardonnay. These vines are now mature and have their own personality difference to our Timbervines Chardonnay we grown on red clay, so we bottle it separately and celebrate the difference.

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics were a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we handpicked in mid-January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high especially in Chardonnay and Semillon.


Our Ceres Hill Chardonnay vineyard is planted on grey clay below our family house. This vineyard is on a south facing slope which helps to produce fruit that has a finer flavour and high natural acidity. 


The wine is wild fermented, in a mixture of stainless steel and older French oak puncheons. We lees stir this wine once a week for 9 months to build the texture of this wine to meet its fine fruit. Minimal fining and filtration allow us to capture the vineyard characters in the glass.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely balance of savoury aromas, pure fruit and refreshing acidity. The palate is rich and textured with a long lingering finish of citrus fruit. The oak is subtle giving a touch of spice and frames the fruit without overpowering.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.30

Titratable Acidity                                7.9 g/L

Alcohol                                                  12 %

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

50 years

Food Match

Linguine vongole with parsley and chilli

Cellaring Potential

10 + years

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NV Blanc De Blancs


Blanc de Blancs is a French term meaning ‘white from white’ and refers to a classic champagne style made entirely from chardonnay. We can’t call ours champagne, but we make it in a method traditional to this famous sparkling wine region.


The Chardonnay used in the base wine is sourced from 40yr old vines on our Saxonvale vineyards which are located on the red volcanic clays of the Fordwich Sill. This is usually our first pick of the vintage to achieve a low alcohol and high natural acidity.


We pick the chardonnay grapes at lower sugar levels which gives fruit with crisp green apple characters and refreshing acidity. We ferment in stainless steel and then blend with wine from previous vintages to create our ‘house style’. More yeast is added to this blend which is then bottled where it undergoes secondary fermentation (to create the bubbles and keep them trapped in the bottle). The sparkling wine then stays ‘on lees’ for 18 months to develop toasty, biscuit notes.

Tasting Notes

Intensely aromatic and fresh, made from 100% chardonnay and blended from the harvest of various years to ensure consistent quality. It’s a crisp, fresh style exploding with white stone fruits, nutty complexity and green apple acidity. 

Vine Age/Clone

40yr old/Busby

Food Match

Oysters, Sashimi, Parfait

Cellaring Potential

5 to 10 + years

Wine Composition

pH                                                  3.09

Titratable Acidity                          10 g/L

Alcohol                                            12.5%

Residual Sugar                               2 g/L