With the 2019 vintage well underway at Windowrie, two new vintage Family Reserve wines have been released. These comprise the 2017 Windowrie Family Reserve Chardonnay($35) and 2017 Windowrie Family Reserve Pinot Noir ($35).
“Vintage is progressing well with the white varieties looking good considering that January was warmer than average,” said owner and vigneron Jason O’Dea. “The yields are lower as a result. We harvested the grapes marginally earlier ensuring the quality continues to be high. The red varieties are now coming into the winery; Shiraz is looking like a standout from the dry finish to the season.”
The new single vineyard 2017 Windowrie Family Reserve Chardonnay is made from grapes grown on Windowrie’s home block. “This vineyard, surrounding the homestead, was planted in 1987 at the time when Chardonnay was starting to make its mark in the Australia wine scene.
“We have been making Cowra Chardonnay for nearly 30 years and have seen the evolution of the style since the early days when Rothbury Chardonnay was one of the highest selling white wines.”
“We are looking to produce a modern example of Cowra’s most famous variety,” explained winemaker Anthony D’Onise. “It is all about fruit purity, elegance and restraint, with classic varietal elements highlighted and complemented by the spice of the oak.”
The new Windowrie Family Reserve Pinot Noir is the third release of this wine. The grapes are sourced from one of Orange’s higher elevated vineyards. At 950 metres, the vineyard is on the north-eastern slopes of Mount Canobolas and was planted in 1999 with Pinot Noir clones 114, 115 and MV6.
“The vineyard is reaching a maturity that is showing in the quality of the grapes,” said D’Onise. “The fruit was cold soaked for three days in draw out more of the aromatics and enhance the structural component of the wine. A small parcel of the wine was fermented in open fermenters with natural yeast to further add to the complexity of the finished wine.”