Darren Owers, Nugan Estate winemaker, does not enjoy big buttery, oaky chards. So they pick their fruit at night to preserve the crisp and bright aromatics and flavors which are present when the fruit is cooler. After the destemming process, they press and ferment the fruit in stainless steel tanks. After the initial alcoholic fermentation we leave the skins in the contact with juice for 6-8 weeks, stirring every day to build the middle palate texture of the wine. There is no malolactic fermentation with this wine so you can be sure it's crisp and fresh. Wood treatment is minimal and it's all 2nd and 3rd use barrels. Their mates reckon it's a real summer "porch pounder'!
Info: The name Drover's Hut comes from the location of the vineyard as it has an old hut in which in the 1800's many Drovers (Cowboys) used when looking after their livestock.
Tasting Note: This chardonnay is full-bodied and high in acidity as it has many trt citrus flavours and a crisp finish.
Serve With: Ideal with fish dishes.
Light yellow. Ripe nectarine, melon and tangerine on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. In a lush, open-knit style with a jolt of bracing acidity adding lift and focus. Picks up a stony, almost Chablis-like hint of minerality on the finish which lingers with very good tenacity and focus.
Fish and Shellfish