96 Pts - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
Gold Medals - Decanter UK Wine Awards 2015, Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015 & Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2014
Harvesting all by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation, bottled in May. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.
Mid January in the Hunter Valley always brings with it a slight nervousness in the wine industry. Having been battered in both previous years – drought in 2007 and pouring rain in 2008, it is no wonder. Black cats are certainly not wanted and ladders given a wide berth.
Vintage 2009? The rain that plagued the 08 vintage finally eased up at the end of April and then no rain days in May. The middle three winter months normally dry for us saw another 250mm (10 inches) and then odd rain days through to the year end. Fruit set was not as complete but resulted in long loose bunches especially in the Shiraz. A good result.
The Southern Oscillation Index has remained in positive territory since August 07, apart from a negative blip in June 08. The Hunter should expect the current patterns to hold. Medium term forecasts have no abnormal rain events. The year ended at 957mm, well above average.
Asian food, any seafood especially fresh shucked oysters.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.