All Centennial wines are made onsite in our state-of-the-art, 200+ tonne winery designed by our winemaker, Tony Cosgriff.
With up to 35 wines on tasting in cellar door the winery processes many different varietals and styles. Everything is kept separate until blending. We find that visitors to cellar door love to try something different and step outside the square.
The climate in Bowral means that our vineyards are more suited to early-mid ripening varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. Of particular importance are the traditional Champagne varieties - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. These perform admirably allowing us to make a broad range of sparkling wines which have become very well respected within the industry. Key to the success of these wines is the very cool climate yielding musts with ideal natural balance.
We also source fruit from our own vineyard in Orange, in addition to other Orange growers. Also a cool climate region, Orange has the necessary additional heat and light we don't get in Bowral for the successful growing of mid-late ripening varietals such as Shiraz, Merlot, Arneis, Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo. Approximately 30-40% of our crush comes from Orange, depending on the season.
All of our wine can be said to be cool-climate in style. There is a common thread of elegance running through each wine. In warmer years there are riper flavours with softer textures, while in cooler years the wines are leaner with higher natural acidities often requiring more bottle age to be at their optimum. As a small boutique winery entirely dependent on what Mother Nature deals us, we see wider vintage variations than you would find at a larger winery. This is seen as a positive, in that each wine faithfully reflects the growing conditions of that region and year. Many of our wines are from a "single vineyard" reflecting those unique characters and balance that cannot be made from any other site.
In years when the wine is exceptional, or if there is a really interesting parcel, the wine is bottled as "special release". These wines will typically be made from outstanding grapes, or made using non-conventional techniques.