Monday, June 16, 2008

Tower Estate

Tower Estate
Tower EstateCnr Halls and Broke Rd
Pokolbin, Hunter Valley,NSW, Australia 2320
Telephone: +61 (0)2 4998 7989 Facsimile: +61 (0)2 4998 7919
winemaking and wine

2007 Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon BlancThe 2007 vintage was akin to a biblical disaster! Drought, frost and fire decimated Australia’s grape harvest. It was the final nail in the coffin for some grape growers, especially after a few years of low prices. For other growers, it signaled an end to the grape glut and better times ahead for the industry. The Adelaide Hills is widely regarded as the pre-eminent Australian region to grow Sauvignon Blanc. This is largely due to the altitude of the Adelaide Hills which provides the required diurnal temperature variation necessary to grow intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc grapes. A Mediterranean summer weather pattern also helps. The grapes for this wine were grown by Chris Winnall at his Christmas Hill vineyard in the Kuitpo region of the Adelaide Hills. In a hot and difficult season such as 2007, in order to gain greater complexity of flavour the grapes were handpicked in 2 different parcels, 13 days apart. The first parcel of fruit had characters of nettle, herbs and grass, whilst the riper second parcel was brim full of passionfruit and gooseberry flavour. Refrigerate now: don’t cellar this wine it was made to be drunk this summer to best enjoy its youthful exuberance and juicy flavours!
2006 Semillon
2006 Hunter Valley Semillion"What does this button do? And into the breach I go – my first vintage at Tower Estate. I was somewhat pensive at first, as they are big shoes to fill, however, I didn’t really have time to think. It was a hot summer, bloody hot, the grapes ripened fast and vintage rushed up to meet us – early I might add. As you well know, vintage in the Hunter can be challenging due to the unpredictability of the late summer weather pattern i.e is it going rain in February or not? However, the Gods were smiling upon us (for a relatively small sacrifice) and we had a dry vintage. This is a traditional style Hunter Semillon, picked early, low in alcohol and into bottle within 10 weeks.The 2006 offering is a wine that will blossom with time and become a Hunter classic. Drink a few bottles this year and then one bottle per year and marvel at its transformation!" Gold Medal Winner – Class39 2006 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Coonawarra Cabernet SauvignonThe 2003 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is crushed and chilled in the Coonawarra and then transported to Tower Estate. This gives the must a 48 hour cold soaking, which allows the wine to develop an intense colour of magenta.
Strong aromas of blackberry, dried meat and pencil shavings along with typical hints of cedar, tobacco and mocca chocolate, dominate this wine. These characters and the elegance of the fruit can be attributed to the cold climate conditions of the Coonawarra.
An intense concentration of fruit and fine-grain, silky tannins that build the framework for this wine are a result of the traditional French technique of extended maturation for 10 weeks post fermentation. This wine receives our finest French oak barriques and is carefully cellared for 22 months before bottling.
With careful cellaring, this wine will develop its true rewards to be seen in 8-10 years time.

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