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Personalised Swinging Bridge Hill Park Block 7 Chardonnay 2018 12.8% 750ml
The fruit is handpicked and destemmed with and no rollers to maintain as many whole berries as possible. It is then tipped into the open fermentors and cold soaked for 3 days before starting fermentation. It is plunged twice daily and allowed to ferment fairly quickly. It is pressed at the end of ferment with some residual sugar from whole berries and transferred to barrel to finish ferment and Malolactic fermentation. It is sulfured at the end of ferment and left in barrel for 8 months. The oak is predominantly Puncheons with 20% new and a mixture of tonneliers. The wine is kept seperate in clones to the end of ferment and then blended together to best showcase the vintage and the region.
With vineyards planted predominantly at a cool 900m altitude, Swinging Bridge is a family-owned estate at the forefront of the new guard of premium-quality, cool-climate winemaking. Swinging Bridge produces a range of elegant wines reflective of their provenance and of Winemaker Tom Ward’s passion for his home region of Orange, NSW. Tom’s winemaking philosophy is uncompromising; to make premium-quality wines that speak directly of their regional home, and more particularly, the unique terroir of their high altitude vineyard. Swinging Bridge produces a collection of highly-finessed, elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines and is also pushing into previously uncharted territory with the innovative Hashtag Series. Swinging Bridge Wines is a tale of two families, the Wards and the Paytens, cousins who have farmed in the district since 1867. The Winemaker Series pay homage to this historic connection, with the wines named in honour of beloved family members. Swinging Bridge is a James Halliday 5 Star Rated Winery.Variety: Pinot Noir