High on the hill was a lonely vineyard

James says: Handpicked. Wild ferment. Citrus. Textured.

We say: Yes, please.

The grapes for this wine were farmed in the Brangayne vineyard on Mount Canobolas in Orange, New South Wales. Facing east, the vines stand in a topsoil of red loam over red clay with good drainage and depth provided by the underlying basalt. Despite the respectable altitude of 960 to 1,000m above sea level, the vineyard is well protected by trees. We are talking seriously cool viticulture though.

James chose to wild ferment this wine, and did so in four barrels of varying age and toast levels, and partially on solids. These were blended prior to bottling, but the quantities remain small – a total of 1,200 bottles only.

What started as a tight if seductive wine, with an intriguing scent of Japanese citrus, is settling nicely into a beautifully balanced, fresh and rich Chardonnay that remains lithe on its feet. A great example why it’s worth shopping in Orange: simply some of the best examples of this variety in all of Australia. Utterly delicious.

Current available vintage is the 2017.

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