Wildflower St Abigail 2022 will be available online and for tasting and take-away/collection at our cellar door from 12pm (Sydney time) on Friday 7 October.
St Abigail is an ale made with peaches. It is named for Chris and Emily’s second daughter. Saint Abigail was a medieval healer and beekeeper from County Clare, Ireland. In 2022, St Abigail was made by blending barrel aged golden mixed culture fermentation ale with 506kg of fresh, whole, handpicked, tree ripened white peaches from Thornbrook Orchard in Nashdale, NSW. After a four and a half month maceration and refermentation of fruit and beer, it was bottled and allowed to naturally carbonate and mature in bottle before release.
Incredibly bright and expressive nose, the purity of fruit is immense.. ripe and perfumed, sweet peach flesh and tinned peach juice. There’s a creamy element and a whiff of funk to balance the fruit. Vibrant white peach fruit leads the palate but tempered by the gold base allowing notes of citrus and fresh pineapple to weave in and out. There's earthy elements too, peach fuzz and white chocolate. Balanced clean acidity gives a beautiful zippy finish. Stunning. A real ripe young Chardonnay vibe to it.
The base beer is brewed entirely with certified organic cereals from Chris and Sam Greenwood's farm in Coleambally NSW. Organic raw red wheat with organic schooner barley malted to a pale roast by Voyager Craft Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water and Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture of microflora wholly foraged from native flowers in NSW. It was bottled on 21 July 2022 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 11 weeks. At bottling it was 5.5% ABV and 1°P (FG = 1.004 SG).
St Abigail 2022 is packaged in 750ml bottles. Please see the product page for allocations and limits.
And like all our beers, St Abigail 2022 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).