Nugan Estate Drover's Hut Chardonnay 75cl
"Back in the late 1800's, when men were men and when when sheep were scarce, the rugged outback of Australia was tamed by our drovers (cowboys). Because of the vastness of the landscape and the size of the cattle stations, these men would be away from home for months at a timne, taking shelter along the way in these rugged little wooden shacks with tin roofs and bare floors. Very few of these huts are left and we've been careful to take good care of the one on the edge of our chardonnay vineyard, which sits on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. We keep fishing tackle (and a pile of good booze) in it now, for our staff who want to fish from the river."
"Daren Owers, our winemaker, does not enjoy big buttery oaky chards, so we pick our fruit at night to preserve the crisp and bright aromatics and flavours which are present when the fruit is cooler. After the destemming process, we press and ferment the fruit in stainless steel tanks. After the initial alcoholic fermentation we leave the yeast in contact with the juice for 6-8 weeks, stirring every day to build the middle palate texture of the wine. There is no malolactic fermentation with this wine so you can be sure its crisp and fresh. Wood treatment is minimal and its all 2nd and 3rd use barrels. The critics and our customers have responded well to this approach and we intend to keep it that way. Our mates recon its a real summer 'porch pounder'!"
Pale straw with youthful greenish hues. Lifted aromas of nectarine and peach with mixed spice and toasty notes. On the palate a rich full flavoured style of stone fruits and toast complimented by a cleansing crisp acid finish.
FOOD MATCH: Marinated baby octopus or pan-fried scallops with artichoke hearts tossed with wild rocket.