The Fowles family are what you could affectionately call a wild bunch! At Fowles, they are a motley crew of raconteurs and entrepreneurs, auctioneers, law men, farmers, hunters and wine makers. From the frontier land, their forefathers (and mothers) founded what is now Bendigo Bank. Since then, they've gone wild, settling into a life on the land. Vigneron, hunter and farmer, Matt Fowles raises the bar, swapping the vitriol of the courtroom for the vineyards of the Strathbogie Ranges. Matt leads a team of characters making wine with character.
Fowles Wine own and manage 360 acres of vines across two vineyards called Upton Run and Billi's in the Strathbogie Ranges. The rugged and beautiful Strathbogie Ranges are located an hour and a half drive northeast of Melbourne. It is here, in vineyards peppered with massive ancient granite boulders, at elevations between 430 and 550 metres above sea level that the vines from which they source Strathbogie fruit grow. The style and character of Fowles Wine reflects their cool climate location. The white wines have great fruit intensity, minerality and are light and fresh, while the red wines are highly perfumed, intensely coloured and powerful, yet restrained and elegant.
The fruit for this wine came from the Upton Run vineyard in the Strathbogie ranges. In the vineyard, mechanical weeding took place to eliminate the use of undervine sprays and the vines were irrigated using a Regulated Deficit Irrigation technique to ensure concentration of fruit.
This wine is 100% barrel fermented, the majority in French oak puncheons. About half of the batch was wild fermented. Wild yeast adds a layer of complexity to the aroma of wine, and wild yeast ferments are often more textural than the same wine made using cultured yeast.
This wine is pale straw yellow in colour. The nose is packed with stone fruit characters, honey dew melon and an inviting and rich toasty oak aroma. The palate is generous, complex and elegant with flavours of fresh ripe stone fruits and honey toasted oak playing on the palate. A balanced and delicious wine with a long finish.
The Wild Ferment Chardonnay matches beautifully with pan seared trout with a tarragon and brown butter sauce.