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 40% new oak and bottled in August 2022.
A season with many similarities to 2021 but overall of higher
quality. La Nina once again made for a cool, wet season albeit
tempered by consistent breeze, which kept the canopy dry and disease at bay. Pokolbin had reached its annual rainfall by the end of November, with it being the wettest November on record. We ended up receiving 956mm for 2021. One of the latest harvests in the Hunter in many years, with the last Chardonnay not being picked until the 30th of January. Picking was conducted under cool, cloudy skies.
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.