Holly's Garden Uber Brut NV - King Valley
Bottle size: 750ml
In 2OO7, I started making sparkling base from pinot noir fruit from the Holly’s Garden vineyard. At that stage, I had no idea how I’d get it to bottle, but believed the vineyard might produce extraordinary sparkling base – and it does. I strongly believe we make fabulous, distinctive sparkling wine from the same fruit every vintage.
These days the free run juice is allowed to oxidise and is fermented mostly in large old oak, with a small proportion in tank and inoculated with approximately 5 per cent of the recommended dose of QA23 (a vinho verde isolate, which produces a delightful tang). The low dose is used so that we get a long slow fermentation with a large number of generations of yeast. In this way, the yeast begins to find the ethanol toxic and produces mucyl polyproteins and gucyl polyglycerides.
Kate Goodman assisted with the pressing cycle, which we still use. The early vintages were tank fermented using EC1118 (safe yeast). The dry wine was sent to small old oak with no added sulphur to go through malolactic fermentation.
I think this is the ‘magic’ of ‘natural’ or ‘wild’ fermentation but I get to choose the specific characteristics of the yeast.
The components in larger old oak are inoculated with small amounts of fermenting juice from the tank fermentation.
We run a ‘solera’ of sparkling base in large old-oak, which contains wine from each vintage going back to 2OO7. This gives important complexity to the final product.
In the cool-climate Whitlands high plateau region of Victoria, Holly's Garden is home to voluptuous pinot gris and artisan sparkling wines.â€¨
Grown at 750 metres in the deep volcanic soils of the Whitlands high plateau. Our little amphitheatre is the warmest site in the very cool region. The continental location gives cool evenings, which allows the vines to ‘rest’ at night and delays the accumulation of sugar whilst retaining acidity and building flavour. This prolonged ‘hang time’ due to delayed ripening is vital to the production of great wine, and helps create the featured structure and length of Holly’s Garden wines. â€¨
The deep, open structure of the soil draw the roots downward, allowing us to keep with our no irrigation philosophy. Wines from these soil types typically have a ferrous, robust mineral character, giving our wines incredible length and balance. Some biodynamic viticulture is practiced, not for altruistic reasons, but to make better wine by growing better grapes.
To us, it is as much Pagan Viticulture as Biodynamic Viticulture, and is an inherited, instinctive understanding passed from parent to child, over many generations since the reformation of the church in Middle Europe.
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