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Personalised Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay 2021 13.4% 750ml
Picked from our Hill Park (Block 1,2 and 7) and Caldwell Lane Vineyards (Block D, A and H Block). The grapes are then chilled for 36 hours in small aerated grape bins (so as to chill down quickly and all the way through). They are whole bunch pressed to tank where some limited settling is undertaken for 24 hours. The juice is then racked to barrel taking a fair amount of solids and left for wild ferment. Fermentation happens as quick as possible and then wines are sulfured on completion of fermentation. The barrels consist of 20% new hogsheads and puncheons with the rest varying up to 5 years of age. They are a mixture of French Tonneliers that are suited to Chardonnay in Orange . They are held in barrel for 8 months and stirred every couple of weeks initially and less frequently until the right texture is achieved depending on the barrel. The barrels are then tasted separately and put together for the final blend ready for bottling in December.
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: Chardonnay
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