A 10-million year old lake bed provides the mineral-rich ‘pipe clay’ soil on which the Riesling vines thrive. Exposed by 19th century gold miners working in the valleys around Bannockburn, the unique soil combines with the micro-climate to provide perfect grape growing conditions. The wine takes its name from a small creek tucked away in the Bannockburn hills which flows down into the valley. An old stone cottage surrounded by towering poplars gives a glimpse of life as it was lived in gold-fever times. Nowadays, the cottage has been renovated and has provided the backdrop to many happy family camping holidays.
Hand harvested the fruit was de-stemmed and crushed before pressing and undergoing fermentation in a stainless steel fermenter. The fermentation was stopped to retain around 20g/L residual sugar.
Wine Maker – Peter Bartle