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Wild-ferment Chardonnay with the rich texture of double cream restrained by a fine minerality, overflowing with melon and peach and scented with long-lasting notes of vanilla.
Fowles Wine own and manage 360 acres of vines across two vineyards called Upton Run and Billi’s in the Strathbogie Ranges. Located an hour and a half drive northeast of Melbourne, it is here that the vines from which they source Strathbogie fruit grow.
The winery itself, is perched on top of a hill overlooking the central Victoria plains. Chief Winemaker Victor Nash and Senior Winemaker Lindsay Brown, apply ancient wisdom to modern winemaking, with a full suite of winemaking tools and gadgetry, including a barrel hall with over 1000 barrels including some that are 140 years old.
The climate is generally cool, though in winter you may see some snow! The almost constant wind keeps the vines up, ensuring good air circulation in the grapes. The warmer days and cooler nights, allow for the fruit to gradually ripen over a longer period of time, whilst building on the intensity of flavour and colour.
The style and character of Fowles Wine is reflected in their cool climate home; white wines have great fruit intensity, minerality and are light and fresh, whereas red wines are highly perfumed and powerful.
Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states and houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia’s best Pinot Noir, Fortified wine, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.
In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence, led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.
The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.