Late in the afternoon 7th February - Melbourne reached its highest ever recorded maximum temperature of 46C, and embers borne by strong winds from fires near Kinglake hit the Yarra Valley; tinderbox dry due to drought.
In the Yarra Valley, fires were reported from Yarra Glen through to Healesville and beyond, and property at several iconic wineries and vineyards caught fire.
Gladly Wonga Estate was not affected by the fires and due to the southerly winds the vines were not affected by smoke taint.
The fruit is estate grown and is from low yielding (1.5 tonnes to the acre) non irrigated vines and matured in new and one year old French oak barriques for 10 months.
Yield 340 cases 2009
Bright, pale yellow straw colour, intense aroma of stone fruit. The palate shows intensity of melons, stone fruit, golden delicious apples, grapefruit and good depth of flavour, citrus on entry with fine acidity, palate weight, textured layering and oak with an excellent long finish. Alcohol 13%
Yeild & Cellaring
Hand picked - February 2009
Total production - 300 cases
Cellaring potential - drink now to 2015