David Hook Old Vine Chardonnay 2017
Premium Hunter Chardonnay from an excellent vintage.
David Hook cut his teeth at legendary Hunter Valley wineries such as Tyrells and Lake’s Folly and after several years as ‘flying’ winemaker in Bordeaux, Spain and the US, he returned home in the ’80s to plant his Pothana Vineyard in Belford, Hunter Valley. The Belford Dome as it is known, is a geological formation of red clay soils overlaying limestone – excellent for reds and interspersed with sandy loams on the creek flats beautifully suited to whites. Natural organic approach in the vineyard (no chemical fertilisers).
The wines from the Pothana Vineyard comprise his premium Old Vine and Reserve labels. Hooky’s decade in the northern hemisphere developed his passion for italian varieties: Pinot Grigio and Barbera. His winemaking style is modern traditional, minimal handling, sparing use of new oak with an emphasis on purity of fruit and elegance.
The Old Vines is only produced in exceptional years and 2017 was an outstanding one, good rains around budburst and warm and dry conditions in January around harvest ensured excellent quality fruit.
This wine is produced from grapes grown at the Pothana Vineyard on sandy loam with limestone sub soils. The vines are over 30 years old and low yielding, producing less than 2 tonnes per acre annually. The grapes were hand picked and whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice was settled for 24 hours. The wine was fermented and matured in 30% new French oak barrels with the balance being in 2 and 3 year old French barrels. It was stored on lees for 6 months prior to bottling.
The wine is pale gold in colour with youthful green tinges. The aroma is intense with a complex bouquet of citrus and peach fruit characters. Barrel fermentation adding charred oak and cashew nut to the nose and palate. The flavours of stone fruit and lemon zest are sustained with fresh acid and toasty oak in a rich well structured wine. 13.5% alc.
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