Region: Hunter Valley
Background: Terracotta gets its name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
Fruit Source: This wine is made from a single vineyard on Palmers Lane in Pokolbin where the part of the vineyard used is on this red clay soil type.
Fermentation & Maturation: The fruit was fermented in stainless steel and the wine bottled in June 1999. Released November 2003.
Winemakers Comments: The cool conditions of 1999 allowed the fruit to ripen satisfactorily and avoid any sun damage which contributed greatly to the high quality of this wine. We released the 1999 ‘Terracotta’ in November 2003 after four and a half years of cellar maturation. The first hints of the classic burnt toast aromas are beginning to emerge in a wine that is starting to drink well.
Cellaring: Medium – Long term. 10 years plus.
What the experts say:
“This is a classic Hunter Semillon. The nose has intense citrus aromas while the palate is crowned with fine, long and clean flavours that have a toast – edge richness and great concentration. A fabulous wine that will live for years.
Jeff Collerson – Daily Telegraph – 3rd March 2004
“Tight, fine and long; lemon herbs and spices; destined to be a classic.”