Briar Ridge, Albarino, 2022

Briar Ridge, Albarino, 2022


Country: Australia

Region: Hunter Valley

Grape: Albarino

Year: 2022

ABV: 12.8%

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Winner of the award for Best Other White in Australia for 2022 by the Halliday Wine Companion Awards. From the recently planted Albarino vines in Mount View, this exciting wine is a feast of the senses. Packed with intense lemon zest, grapefruit and tropical notes, this fresh and crisp wine has been balanced with some texture and richness from yeast lees and is a delight to drink. Handpicked fruit was foot stomped and allowed to soak on skins for 4 hours prior to gently pressing to a stainless steel tank. Cold settles for 8 hours before racking taking semi-cloudy juice. Fermented with ambient yeasts at 18-20 degrees Celsius for 15 days before transferring a combination of stainless steel tank and an old French oak barrique for 4 months maturation. The wine was blended, stabilised and lightly filtered for bottling. The Vines of the Mount View vineyard, located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, are grown on well-drained sandy loam soils. The Vineyard has drip irrigation installed on each row to ensure vine health and consistency of quality. The crop yields are relatively low, producing excellent concentration of fruit flavour. The Albarino has been planted on the old Gewurztraminer block and this is its fifth harvest.