We have released a small number of wine gift boxes that tell the story of our wine across the years – from our very first vintage.
Rarely will you find consecutive vintages from the same vineyard and winemaker available together – these come from our personal cellar stock.
You may notice when you visit our winery that unfortunately we have no 2020 wines available. The 2020 vintage is certainly one we will never forget. Initially it looked like we were going to avoid nature’s obstacles—a late spring frost caused no damage to our vineyard, the freak hail storm that hit Canberra didn’t come close to Murrumbateman and we managed to conserve enough water to see our vines through the prolonged drought and extreme heatwaves. Disease was virtually non-existent and so we were looking forward to a reduced but good quality crop…that is until the smoke from bushfires hit.
In our vineyard we found that the effects of the smoke varied greatly between varieties. After conducting trial ferments and laboratory testing, unfortunately we were forced to discard approximately 90% of the crop as we would not have been able to make premium wines from these grapes.
Yet laboratory tests showed that our Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay grapes contained minimal levels of taint and trial ferments were promising. From our research we decided to utilise some specific winemaking techniques to eliminate the minimal levels of smoke taint and sent these wines for assessment by a regional tasting panel (trained by the Australian Wine Research Institute) and what a relief—this panel could not detect any traces of taint. The wines taste pretty good too!
These 2020 whites have now sold out. Although it was only a very small amount we are excited that we have something to show for the extraordinarily challenging 2020 vintage.