2023 Sabi Wabi Bright Eyes Chardonnay14569
WINEMAKER: Peta Kotz
REGION: Hunter Valley, NSW
Handpicked from the Brycefield vineyard in Lovedale, Hunter Valley. Where white varietals thrive on sandy loam soils; mineral edge and acid retention gives this Chardonnay it's namesake 'brightness'. Direct pressed & settled in tank. Transferred to Austrian oak hogsheads for natural fermentation & 4 months elevage where 100% natural malolactic conversion occurred. Bottled unfined & unfiltered.
Awarded 'Winemaker's Choice' at the 2022 Young Gun of Wine Awards, Peta Kotz’s Sabi Wabi is her homage to reworking the traditions of the Hunter, of searching for “beauty amongst imperfection”. Semillon is the foundation of the brand she founded in 2019 while working as assistant winemaker for biodynamic Hunter Valley winery Krinklewood, the same year she worked vintage at Le Grappin in Beaune & in 2021, Kotz took a role as assistant winemaker at M&J Becker Wines.
“I am Hunter Valley born and bred, and I am proud to be surrounded by such rich history and tradition of wine in the Valley, but there is a new wave of like-minded people here doing different things, and I am stoked to be a part of it.”