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Hunter Valley’s sparkling chardonnay released


Bilgavia Estate has released its 2012 Bilgavia Estate Blanc de Blanc at the recent NSW Wine Festival.2012 Bilgavia Estate Blanc de Blanc

The new sparkling Chardonnay is made from grapes grown on Bilgavia Estate’s 19.6 hectare vineyard located at Parsons Creek Farm in the Broke Fordwich region of NSW’s Hunter Valley. The new wine joins the recently released Bilgavia Estate Chardonnay and Verdelho, with a 2013 Shiraz planned for release next year.

We are very excited about the release of out first sparkling wine. This initial release is 100 per cent chardonnay, which we are extremely pleased with. We are planning further sparkling wines, with the planting of pinot noir in the vineyard.

Our 2012 Bilgavia Estate sparkling chardonnay is made as a fresh and crisp wine, with classic Blanc de Blanc characters of lemon and stone fruit along with hints of toasted honey undertones with a long minerally palate.

The 2012 vintage in the Hunter Valley was a tough one, with rains causing a great deal of distress. However, as we harvested the grapes for our sparkling wine earlier than the rest of the vineyard, we avoided these issues.

The chardonnay was harvested early in the season in order to capture the high natural acidity. The base wine then underwent secondary fermentation prior to bottling. The Broke Fordwich region accounts for only 11 per cent of the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, however it is a region that has played a significant part in the development of the region.

Historically, the Tulloch and Elliott families have played a key role in evolving the viticultural aspect of this sub-region.

Parsons Creek Farm is home to the Bilgavia Estate Vineyard and was created by the previous owners following the purchase of three separate dairy farms adjoining each other in 1999. Over the ensuing 12 years these three highly productive and well located farms have been developed into a totally integrated thoroughbred horse stud, cattle farm and commercial vineyard, completed in 2007.

Bilgavia Estate was the name of one of the original three properties and was kept as the name for the wine label for its historical value.

Grapes were grown on the property as far back as the 1820’s.