Swinging Bridge are counted in the top tier of wineries in the Orange region of NSW. This is part of their Single Vineyard range, with the fruit sourced from the excellent Balmoral Vineyard. Named after winemaker Tom Ward’s grandmother, this was aged for over 10 months in French oak.
Swinging Bridge, Mrs Payten Chardonnay, Orange, 2014
Layered nose: Macadamia nuts, sweet vanilla, ripe nectarine stone fruit and grape fruit pith.
A slightly fuller style, oak has been used to effect this mode well. Plenty of those stone fruit flavours blending with the bittersweet grapefruit citrus. Dusty phenolics provide texture. A moreish style that will cellar well, but reward a delicious roast pork.