Pioneer Hunter Valley winemaker, Alexander Munro was winemaker, Rhys Eather’s great-great-grandfather and these true reserve wines are released only in years that reflect the status of the label. The 2000 vintage was the Trophy winner at the 2000 Hunter Valley Wine Show for current vintage Chardonnay.
The old-vine ‘Casuarina’ Vineyard located on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin was again the Chardonnay vineyard source for the most recent 2018 vintage. This vineyard and has been consistently used by us since 2007 and is managed by Ken Braye.
The white wines from 2018 are very impressive to say the least. Pristine fruit from near perfect vintage weather proved the saying, ‘wine is made in the vineyard’. Chardonnay appears to have benefited the most from minimal rain in January.
Lovely Chardonnay bouquet of white peach, nectarine fruit underpinned by spicy oak aromas. The palate has generous stone-fruit, melon and fig flavours. This is a beautifully balanced wine that has a refreshing acid backbone and impressive length of flavour.