Harvested all by hand, the fruit was chilled overnight and then loaded to the press as whole bunches. Press and run to barrels for wild yeast ferment. Approximately 30% new oak and bottled in September 2021.
A complete turnaround from the last four dry years in the Hunter, with a firm La Nina cycle making for a wet season. Pokolbin had reached its annual rainfall by the end of October and we ended up receiving 1030mm for 2020. It is difficult to recall a year where we have been closer to the edge of disaster in the Hunter Valley, with the prospect of not picking either whites or reds becoming a real
possibility with a few more wet days in late December. Thankfully the sun came out and we were able to pick all of our Semillon in pristine condition. Needless to say, all of our Semillon was in the winery in great condition by the end of January.
The Maxwell Vineyard was planted in the early 70s and has
supplied great Semillon to Brokenwood for a number of years. We still receive many enquiries about our Graveyard Vineyard
Chardonnay, last made in 2004, so we continue the tradition of a single vineyard Hunter Valley Chardonnay.
Pairs well with pork and richer Asian dishes.
Drinking well now and will evolve further over the medium term.