2020 was the year of home. A year when we all bunkered down in isolation, where online catchups became the norm and people laughed, cried, and danced all under the one roof. Home is where life happened.
Our whECK is an everyday quaffer, a wine to drink now and share with your friends, family and loved ones. Take it to a great night out or keep it in your fridge as a mid-week sipper.
In 2020, whilst working at Hanging Rock Winery as a cellar hand (and making our own wines there), a small parcel of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc arrived from the Strathbogie Ranges. The grapes were ultimately made in to Hanging Rock Winery’s “Tarzali” Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc; however, I wanted to experiment by co-fermenting of the pressings.
Pleasantly surprised by the result, a delicious citrus-grapefruit blend, I bottled the wine as our first whECK, blending a small amount of 2018 Macedon Ranges sweet Riesling into the wine to give it bright lift.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was handpicked on 23 February 2020 and pressed immediately upon arriving at the winery. The pressings of both grapes (Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc) were put to tank to naturally settle overnight, before being transferred to old oak for co-fermentation. The ferment lasted 16 days.
Left to breathe for some months in old oak, we decided it needed a touch a sweetness before bottling. Again, we experimented with different blends (trialling Rosé and sweet Marsanne to name a few), and finally settled with a 2018 Macedon Ranges Riesling which had residual sweetness. The wine was bottled in December 2020.
Palate: Crisp lemon curd and pink grapefruit. A hint of texture on the mid-palate, with a sweet subtle finish.