Vineyard - Chalmers Merbein site in the Murray Darling region. Chalmers have spent years refining their approach to viticulture which includes heavy use of organic carbon to improve soil and increase water holding capacity. All nutrient and the majority of fungicide applications utilized are organic. Residual herbicides are not part of the Chalmers regime as soil microbial health is paramount. Mulch and weed control trials are currently underway to permanently remove the need for chemical knock-down herbicide use.
Winemaking - Whole bunches were crushed and allowed to macerate for 3 hours before being pressed to tank for fermentation by wild yeast. After 10 days the wine was chilled and racked then bottled. This wine is made in the méthode ancestrale which means the carbonation is achieved by capturing the ferment before it is finished, and there is no disgorging. So it'll be cloudy. There have been no additions to this wine (preservative free), and there has been no fining or filtration.