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Swinging Bridge G&A Blanc de Blanc 2017

Swinging Bridge G&A Blanc de Blanc 2017 New South Wales Orange

$39.95

Swinging Bridge G&A Blanc de Blanc 2017. Named in honour of two supportive women in Tom’s life, Georgie his wife and Anne his mother, our G&A Blanc de Blancs is delicate and fresh with hallmarks of the cool climate of Orange.

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Swinging Bridge G&A Blanc de Blanc 2017

Swinging Bridge G&A Blanc de Blanc 2017. Named in honour of two supportive women in Tom’s life, Georgie his wife and Anne his mother, our G&A Blanc de Blancs is delicate and fresh with hallmarks of the cool climate of Orange.

Colour
Pale straw.

Aromas
White peach. Florals.

Palate
Lively fine mousse. Brioche. Nuttiness.

Body
Fine acid line. Secondary Flavours Developing.

Enjoy with…
Oysters or delicate cheeses.

Striving for Excellence

MEET WINEMAKER TOM WARD
It can be hard to track Tom Ward down, because, as a passionate viticulturist and winemaker, he prefers to be out among his vines than talking about his wines, or himself, at his iconic Swinging Bridge cellar door.

Tom hails from a Canowindra farming family of some 150-year standing, so you could say that soil is in his blood. But it was when he turned his attention to the family vineyard, and, in particular, further afield to the vineyards of the nearby Orange region, that his passion for making premium cool-climate wines took hold.

Over the course of his early career, Tom worked as a viticulturalist in Orange across a number of iconic vineyards and different elevations, working in development and management for one of the industry’s largest viticultural developers. He then went back to university to study winemaking, to finesse his skills from vine to final wine.

The Swinging Bridge viticulture team is constantly walking the vineyards and “sweating the details”, as Tom says. It’s all about attention to detail. There are no grand aspirations to be the biggest winemaker, but rather, to build unique small lots with a focus on fruit quality and vine health.

“We’re constantly in the vineyard, which gives the insight we need to produce wines that typify the region, the season and showcase the finest grape parcels.”

WINEMAKING
Tom’s winemaking philosophy is equally as uncompromising: to make premium-quality wines that speak directly of their regional provenance, and more particularly, the unique terroir of the vineyard. “In a high-elevation, cool-climate region like Orange, the wines need to have brightness and no forced acidity. For a cool-climate Chardonnay, for example, we need the oak to support; not dominate. Most of our best input goes into creating wines with texture and long life.”

His winemaking focus, however, is not only on producing a collection of the highly finessed, elegant blends sourced from the best fruit around the region, such as those in the Swinging Bridge Winemaker and Selector Series, but to push into previously uncharted territory with his Hashtag Series.

Bridging the past and the future

Swinging Bridge Wines is, initially, a tale of two families, the Wards and the Paytens, cousins who have farmed in the district since 1867. The wines in the Winemaker Series pay homage to this historic connection, being named for eminent and beloved family members, such as the Mrs Payten Chardonnay and M.A.W. Pinot Noir (Tom’s father, Mark Andrew Ward). The name Swinging Bridge refers to the historic wooden footbridge that spans the Belubula River in Canowindra, at the foot of the original Swinging Bridge vineyard, first planted with Shiraz and Chardonnay vines in 1995.

In 2008, having spent many years working as a viticulturalist at Swinging Bridge, and after completing a university course in winemaking, Tom Ward took the reins at Swinging Bridge to make more wines under his own label, as a complement to the estate’s 100ha that were supplying grapes to large-scale wineries. Always intrigued by the enormous potential afforded by the cool-climate varieties produced in the region, he turned his attention to sourcing Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from a selection of premium Orange vineyards, including Hillcrest Park, planted in 1998 by Peter and Lee Hedberg.

After selling up in Canowindra, Tom and his family set down their own roots in Orange, taking over the Hedberg’s iconic estate. Here, he and his wife, Georgie, live and run Swinging Bridge, which they consider to be the best site in Orange for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and which they’ve renamed Hill Park. A formidable viticulturalist and winemaker, Tom has been the driving force behind the progress and development of the estate into what it is today – a benchmark producer and maker of premium-quality cool-climate wines that showcase the best of the Orange region.

Additional information

Brands

Swinging Bridge

Country

Australia, New South Wales, Orange

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Sparkling

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