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Crafted from selected Estate-grown Italian varieties

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Trentham Estate Winery, Mildura

Trentham Estate Winery, Mildura [©Visions of Victoria]

 

At Trentham Cliffs, just 15 minutes from Mildura, the Murphy family has developed a first-class cellar door and restaurant experience over the last 50 or so years. Their wines are crafted to cater to a range of tastes – from the classic, well-rounded styles to exciting alternative varieties.  

In a picture-perfect setting on the banks of the mighty Murray, visitors can relax amidst the green lawns and river gums, indulging in wine tastings and meals whilst watching the river lazily glide by. 

Being a houseboat hotspot, there's also a convenient pontoon for tying up in time for a tasting, lunch or to collect supplies for the remainder of your Murray meanderings.

Trentham offers a number of wine ranges ranges including 'The Family'. These are wines made from specially selected Estate-grown Italian varieties which celebrate the Irish and Italian heritages that influence Trentham's grape growing, winemaking and of course, a 'Love for Life'.

 

The Family Trentham NV Prosecco

Grapes: Northern Italy is the home of sparkling prosecco where it was first produced in the late 1800s. The light, fresh and fruity style of sparkling prosecco has gained great popularity around the world and is now planted in many countries outside of Italy. The prosecco grapes have large loose bunches with average size berries and grow well in the Murray Darling region.

Winemaking: fruit arrived at the winery in the early hours of the morning after being picked in the cool of the night. Berries were removed from the stems and pumped into our bag press. The free run juice was clarified and then fermented to dryness in stainless steel at low temperatures to retain the primary fruit flavours.

A secondary ferment was then carried out in a pressure vessel, where the bubbles are retained in the wine and later bottled under pressure.

The wine: light green in colour with lively, persistent bubbles, attractive green pear plus tropical fruit aromas and flavours. The palate is light and fresh with soft acid and a fine bubble. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

The food: a versatile food friendly sparkling that works well with canapés, antipasto, seafood and spicy Asian dishes.

Alc/vol Alcohol: 11.0%

RRP A$16.00 750ml bottle (direct from winery)

 

The Family Trentham 2018 Pinot Grigio


Grapes: this variety is closely related to pinot noir and is known as pinot grigio in Italy or pinot gris in France. The grapes are pink to light purple in colour and are harvested at different ripeness levels depending on the wine style being made.  Grapes are normally picked earlier for the grigio style.
 

Vintage: warm, dry weather during the 2018 harvest restricted our crop levels and helped to produce exceptional fruit quality with plenty of aromatics and flavour. Lower rain levels during the growing season translated into smaller berries packing their punch, making our winemakers very happy!

Winemaking: the grapes were harvested in late February during the coolest part of the day to protect the freshly picked fruit then swiftly transported to the winery where it is crushed, pressed and clarified prior to fermentation. Fermentation occurred over a ten-day period with a specially selected yeast strain. Post fermentation, the wine was stabilised and clarified prior to bottling.

The wine: a delicate white wine displaying characters of lemon zest, green apple and pear. This makes an ideal wine to enjoy chilled on a hot day.

The food: match: a great food wine that goes well with seafood, sushi or poultry.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

RRP A$16.00 750ml bottle (direct from winery)

 

The Family 2017 Vermentino

Grapes: an attractive, aromatic white variety grown in southern Italy, mainly on the island of Sardinia. The grapes are usually picked early to retain crisp acidity and produce wines with lively lemony characters.

Vintage: ‘Late but great’ sums up the 2017 vintage. Good rain in spring, followed by mild weather and only short heat waves resulted in grapes ripening slowly on the vine. It was certainly an unusually late harvest but the wines are something to be proud of – well-balanced fruit, plenty of flavour and distinct varietal aromas.

Winemaking: harvested in early March in the cool of the night, the grapes were promptly transported to the winery where they were gently crushed and pressed. The juice was inoculated with yeast strains specially selected to enhance the naturally occurring fruit characteristics. After settling, the wine was stabilised and filtered before bottling.

The wine: light green in colour with lifted lemony aromas. A delicate and crisp wine showing fresh citrus flavours of lemon and grapefruit.

The food: enjoy this wine while it is young as a pre-dinner drink or with seafood or white meats.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

RRP A$16.00 750ml bottle (direct from winery)

 

 The Family 2018 Sangiovese Rosé

Grapes: Sangiovese is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. The variety produces diverse styles of wine ranging from light to full-bodied red wine, depending on where its grown and harvest timing. When picked early, the light colour, red berry flavours and natural acid are well suited for making quality rosé.

Vintage: warm, dry weather during the 2018 harvest restricted our crop levels and helped to produce exceptional grapes with plenty of aromatics and flavour. Lower rain levels during the growing season translated into smaller berries packing their punch, making our winemakers very happy.

Winemaking: harvested during the cool of the night the grapes were crushed and left in contact with their skins for 10-15 hours to obtain desired colour and flavour. The juice was then run off the skins into a stainless-steel tank and inoculated with a complementary yeast strain chosen to enhance the natural fruit flavours.

The wine: a highly aromatic wine showing notes of strawberries and cream, rose petal and lavender. The palate is brought to life with juicy red fruits, layered with rhubarb. A sophisticated style with a dry finish, made to be enjoyed chilled.

The food: enjoy with an antipasto plate, seafood or Asian cuisine.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

RRP A$16.00 750ml bottle (direct from winery)

 

 The Family 2017 Nebbiolo

Grapes: Nebbiolo is the king of north-western Italian red varieties, notably in the regions of Piedmont and Lombardy. In the vineyard nebbiolo has variable crops with fruit colour ranging from light to deeply coloured red. The fruit matures late in the season with low sugar and high acid levels which makes it well suited for warmer climates.

Vintage: ‘Late but great’ sums up the 2017 vintage. Good rain in spring, followed by mild weather and only short heat waves resulted in grapes ripening slowly on the vine. It was certainly an unusually late harvest but the wines are something to be proud of – well balanced fruit, plenty of flavour and distinct varietal aromas.

Winemaking: the grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and transferred into tank and inoculated with yeast. Fermented over an eight-day period with regular pump overs to maintain a consistent temperature and to aid colour and tannin extraction from the skins. After pressing, a portion of the wine was matured in French oak barrels. The wine was then blended and clarified before being bottled in October 2016.

The wine: a lighter red with complex aromas of spice and berry fruits. On the palate fruit flavours of blackberry and plum are with complex spice and earthy characters. Ripe tannins provide great length and balance.

The food: Nebbiolo is a wine with Italian origin that goes best with Italian food. Enjoy this with pasta puttanesca or wood-fired pizza.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

RRP A$16.00 750ml bottle (direct from winery)

 

See links below for more tasting notes from Trentham Estate.

 

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