Grown at the base of the Christmas Hills to the west of Yarra Glen, the Homestead vineyard has an expansive easterly exposure with a degree of protection from the westerly heat and hot northerly winds. This little subregion allows for the full and rich expression of the Yarra Valley floor with a restraint that the more exposed hillsides don’t afford.
The whole bunches were picked directly to small open fermenters in the vineyard with a small amount crushed by foot on the bottom and left for a 7 day whole bunch maceration. Pressing to old 500L oak puncheons followed for ferments and maturation throughout Winter.
Carefully racked and bottled in September 2019.
Alcohol – 10%
Titratable acidity – 6.9 g/L
pH – 3.09
Total sulphur dioxide – 35 mg/L
Residual sugar – 0.09 g/L
Volatile acidity – 0.48 g/L
The 2019 vintage
The 2018/19 season started with a mild Spring, regular rain and fabulous balanced vine growth. From mid-December summer began in earnest with several hot spells punctuating a dry lead to harvest and mild weather in between. The weather moderated in the final couple of weeks before harvest allowing gentle ripening in the final stages. The wines have a beautiful richness and density of flavour counterpointed with a genuine restraint.