The Adelaide Hills region grows some beautiful Chardonnay and we seized the opportunity that the mild 2017 vintage provided to craft a fine Chardonnay, using really exquisite fruit from two great sites (the Chapel Valley (Piccadilly) and the Anderson (Charleston) vineyards). The fruit was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, with only the cuvée fraction used, and fermentation took place in old, French oak barrels (to give complexity but not overt oak characters). Only 12% alc/vol. Further information is provided in the tasting note.
BLANC DE BLANCS 2017
This is only our second BdB (our first was the 2010 vintage). It is predominantly Chardonnay from the 2017 vintage (90%) plus we were excited to add to that a reserve wine we had made from Piccadilly fruit in 2012, which we have cellared in magnum bottles (10%). As at November 2020 the BdB has 32months on yeast lees “on tirage”.
FANCY ROSÉ 2018
This rosé was made in the vineyard first – by early harvesting of Pinot Noir and Shiraz from sections of our vineyard lower down the slope and by sourcing delicate Chardonnay from cool Adelaide Hills sites. We then turned to our love of Chablis-style Chardonnays – fine, textural and refreshing – to guide our winemaking. Our intention was to make a rosé that would combine lovely fresh new season fruit and good acidity, with good flavour on the mid-palate and a silky texture … plus we wanted the wine to age gracefully and drink well as an older wine … like good Chablis.
Our pinot …is made entirely from our own estate-grown grapes; vines are cane-pruned by hand; always hand harvested; fermented in small open fermenters, mix of wild and selected yeasts, some with whole bunches, all hand plunged; pressed off in our basket press; matured in French oak (various coopers; mix of new, second/third-use and older, depending on the vintage).
PINOT NOIR extra
A small but very high quality crop returns the Honey Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir wines to our line of more structural, deeper-coloured wines and thus we have used the “extra” insignia.
PINOT NOIR 2017
We have observed over the years that our pinot vines are very responsive to different vintage conditions. The 2017 vintage was distinctly cool (and late – we picked our pinot four weeks later than normal) and yielded intensely perfumed but delicately flavoured fruit. The vintage felt really different and we eagerly awaited the “Pinot Fairy” to pop along and sprinkle her magic. She did – sometime during the winter of 2018 – and we are delighted with the outcome. The resultant wine is, to us, noticeably different in style compared to our line of more structural, deeper-coloured Pinot Noir~Extras (of 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013) and we have chosen to signal this season-related departure in style by not using the ~Extra tag.
Our shiraz – WINE OF PROVENANCE, Adelaide Hills Honey Moon Vineyard was awarded the inaugural Trophy for Best Wine of Provenance at the 2017 Adelaide Hills Wine Show for its history of excellence in making cool climate shiraz wines in the Adelaide Hills. (2007, 2012 and 2015 vintages were judged for this award). Our shiraz comprises massale clonal selections from two old SA vineyards known for their spicy Shiraz characters. The grapes are entirely our own estate-grown; vines are cane pruned by hand; always hand-harvested; fermented in small open ferments; all hand plunged; pressed off in our basket press; matured in French oak.
Sweet Cream Apera NV
This is a sweet, white, fortified wine based on late harvested Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner sourced from a cool site in the Adelaide Hills. Our take on “cream sherry” but showcasing the gorgeous honey and pear notes of extra ripe Grüner. Definitely deliciously sweet but also refreshing. Serve chilled either as an aperitif or as a dessert wine; moreover, also goes well with many savoury dishes. Further information is provided in the tasting note.
This is a sweet, red, fortified wine. While definitely sweet, it is also elegant and complex. It comprises multiple vintages (the first from 2009), each matured in small oak barrels. These small parcels of wine have now been blended together and racked into larger 70 year old fortified wine barrels to make our Classic Tawny NV. Typically served at the end of a meal with dried fruits and cheese., this wine can also work well as an aperitif (even slightly chilled) and paired with savoury/sweet morsels. Further information is provided in the tasting note.