Ponting Wines 'Pioneer' Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$29.99
Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their dedication and achievements.
Ben Riggs, in his long and storied career has firmly securely himself amongst Australian Winemaker royalty. Being trained in his early years by legends such as Brian Croser and Murray Tyrrell he has refined his craft, never ceasing to continue his education and drive for perfection. Riggs has crafted these wines with care and attention sourcing impeccable fruit from his long standing network of growers.
One of the things that we love most about wine is its ability to tell a story and when that story revolves around Australia’s greatest sportsmen and is told by one of Australia’s greatest winemakers we couldn’t really ask for more. Each wine in the collection takes inspiration from a particular aspect in Ponting’s life from his early days growing up in Tasmania to his monumental achievements as the Captain of one of the most successful teams this country has ever seen.
The grapes were picked early to maintain finesse. The fruit was whole bunch pressed, and the juice was minimally settled, no yeast was added allowing the wild yeast to take over the fermentation, wine was sent straight to barrel and a small percentage of new oak. After fermentation the wine was left without sulphur for a few months to allow natural malolactic fermentation to occur and to allow lees contact to increase texture. The wine was left on lees for six months.
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.
Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)
Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.
Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
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About the brand Ponting Wines
For any athlete, the end of their career brings a lot of questions, let alone when you’ve reached the pinnacle of your sport, and are considered one of the best to ever play the game.
For former Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting, the answer was wine. Ponting Wines is a new venture, with a focus on creating the style of wines that appeal to Ricky and his wife Rianna.
Teaming up with McLaren Vale winemaker Ben Riggs (Mr. Riggs), this project is not about cynically slapping the Ponting name on wines and pretending he had something to do with the finished wines (we’re looking at you Shane Warne).
Sourcing fruit from Tasmania, Ricky’s home state, and South Australia where Ben is based, Ponting wines is all about making approachable, punter (no pun intended) friendly wines.