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In 1913, eager to expand his flourishing family business, EJ Roberts recognised that the soil and the climate of the region were well suited for viticulture. Foiled by the local railway in his attempt to lease a block of land, Roberts went straight to the Chairman of Railway Commissioners.
As his diary relates:
“After a quite a friendly all-round talk…he told the engineer to let me have it.”
The Murray Darling is Australia’s second-largest wine region, home to a diverse range of wine styles, activities and a vibrant food scene. Straddling the Murray River, it’s a haven of rivers, wetlands and forests.
The first vines were planted in 1888 and the region’s small producers are building on the firm foundations of the past while adding interest with innovative wines and alternative varieties.
The Murray Darling region spans Victoria and New South Wales, stretching west to the border of South Australia. The city of Mildura sits at its heart. You can drive to Mildura from Adelaide in a little over four hours or fly from Sydney or Melbourne.
Summers are hot and winters are mild. Being inland, nights can get quite cool. The soil is unique to the Murray River system, ranging from brown to red-brown loams and sands and supporting vigorous vine growth. Mediterranean varieties are perfectly suited to the warm climate of the Murray Darling wine region, and a growing list of wineries are producing wines such as Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Sangiovese and Barbera.
Hot, dry and minimal frost across the region during the period of critical growth leading up to harvest enabled high quality grapes with intense varietal flavours to be grown. The dry winter did result in reduced yields from some vineyards planted on sandy soils but overall yields were as expected. Large temperature differentials from night to day have resulted in wines with excellent natural sugar/acid balance.
Under the guidance of winemaker Pia Merrick, all the fruit was harvested through the cool nights and quickly processed after picking in order to retain the all important freshness and varietal fruit characters which define the Commissioners Block range. After vinification, the wine matured on French oak and stirred on lees to create perfect balance and texture.
This Chardonnay has a beautiful straw colour with green hues. On the nose, wine is offering an attractive bouquet, lemon curd, pear and stone fruits supported with subtle oak derived charry characters. Vibrant and refreshing on the palate with flavours of stone fruit and citrus. Long and elegant with a crisp finish.
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