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Wine of the Month - 2019 Fordwich Hill Shiraz
$250.00
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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL SHIRAZ DAY

To celebrate international Shiraz Day on 28th of July we'd like to offer you a bonus bottle of our Fordwich Hill Shiraz. 

This pack includes five bottles plus your bonus bottle of Shiraz. RRP $50*

*Offer is not valid in conjunction with Mates of Margan, Reserve Club or Magnum Club member pricing. Members are invited to purchase wines at their listed club prices or utilising the offer above at the advertised price without additional discount applied. 


2019 WHITE LABEL FORDWICH HILL SHIRAZ

Hunter Valley Shiraz is a globally renown style generally lower in alcohol and with a more savoury fruit profile than many Shiraz from other Australian wine regions. It features a more elegant and medium bodied style with softer tannins and bright acidity. I select the grapes for this limited volume shiraz from the volcanic soil vineyard of the easterly facing Fordwich Hill. This aspect gets less direct sunlight and allows for the slower accumulation of flavours whilst maintaining the natural acidity of the wine.

Tasting Notes

Savoury Hunter Valley nuances temper powerful purple and black fruits. Bright, natural acidity allows this wine to be accessible straight away, however patience will see its complexity and depth evolve over the next decade or more. A favourite vineyard from an outstanding vintage. 

Wine Composition

pH                                                      3.46

Titratable Acidity                              7.2g/L

Alcohol                                              13.5%

Residual Sugar                                  < 1g/L

Vine Age

50 years

Food Match

Dry Aged Waygu, Potato Gratin, Béarnaise

Cellaring Potential

20 + years

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Growing Season

With much welcomed spring rain in 2020 we saw excellent canopy balance through all vineyards for our 2021 vintage. A mild summer allowed for excellent acid retention and a long ripening period resulting in elegant fruit character and seamless acid balance in white wines coming from 2021.

 

Vineyard

The vineyard faces east and has less sun exposure allowing for slower, even ripening. The soil is grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. This grey soil is distinct from the dolerite soil on the Fordwich Sill and gives Semillon with higher acidity and finer flavours. We ensure extra concentration in the fruit by keeping yields low and ‘fruit thinning’ when necessary which requires cutting off underripe grapes during the growing season so the vine can concentrate its energy to ripening the remaining bunches on the vine. 

 

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked when just ripe, to maintain fine flavours and naturally high acidity. The juice was fermented on full solids using indigenous yeasts which offered a uniquely different style of Semillon contributing more generous aromatics than what is traditionally expected from Hunter Valley Semillon. In the winery, we leave the wine on lees to develop palate texture.


Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely aromatics of lemon myrtle and chamomile flower. The palate shows preserved lemon peel, Tahitian lime with an edge of passionfruit husk with sherbet-like acidity on the palate.. The texture is dry with river stone and mineral notes and the finish is long and refreshing with tingling acidity.

 

Wine Composition

pH                                                           3.08

Titratable Acidity                                     7.8g/L

Alcohol                                                   11.5%

Residual Sugar                                       < 1g/L

 

Vine Age

50 years

 

Food Match

Tuna sashimi with pear, soy and yuzu

 

Cellaring Potential

10 + years

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