Color, nose and palate
The nose of this wine starts out cautiously with a lick of lemons, then the classic character of verdelho streaks to the front with fruit salad and a wonderful vinous waft (yes, it actually smells like sweet white grapes!)
Exciting as the nose is, it is on the palate where this wine really shines… tropical fruits, pineapple and white peach play happily together, finishing crisp and dry with a luscious velvety feel.
Still at an early stage in its life course, this young wine is just a little richer than the Hunter’s more famous sister, Semillon.
Food recommendations: Enjoy with seafood, spicy foods or just as a drink on its own.
Cellaring potential: Drink while young.
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The Jessica is a refreshing, vibrant, fruity wine made from 100% Verdelho. A wine full of flavour but with optimal acidity to give a zesty finish. Cold fermented in stainless steel, settled and fined and bottled early to retain freshness.
The Hunter 2015 was an excellent vintage for whites. There was good rain in November when rain is needed, followed by well below average rainfalls between September and February. Most of our white grapes were harvested by the 28th of January.
Terroir: The soil and conditions in the Hunter Valley produce a Verdelho that is unique to this area. A zesty, rich wine with typical tropical fruit flavours and good acid. This Singleton vineyard has older vines running east west which help to avoid harsh direct summer heat on the fruit. The volcanic clay soil also adds some mineral structure to the wine.
Region: Hunter Valley
Harvest Date: 21, 27/01 and 18/02 2015
Sub Region: Denman
Elevation: 120m ASL
Residual Sugar: 8.23 g/L
Vine Age: 16 Years
Titratable Acidity (tartaric): 6.3 g/L
Grape Varieties: 100% Verdelho
Vines per Ha: 2250
Volatile Acidity: 0.4 g/L
Pruning Method: Spur
SO2 post bottling (free/total): 40/133 ppm
Training Method: VSP Trellis
Bottled: 5 June 2015
Harvest Method: Machine
Fining/Filtration: Milk & Fish Products/0.45μm
Production: 824 dozen (750ml)