Harvested all by hand, the fruit was chilled overnight and then loaded to the press as whole bunches. Press and run to French oak barrels for wild yeast ferment. Approximately 20% new oak and bottled in September 2022.
Our inaugural Chardonnay release from the Oakey Creek Vineyard, following the purchase of this 40Ha property in mid-2021 from the Drayton family. The fruit for this wine is sourced from a small 2.68Ha parcel which is on a gentle south-east facing slope. This is situated slightly above the Semillon that we have taken from the site over the past three decades, which is all on the alluvial Oakey Creek flats. 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.
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.