Wildflower St Phoebe 2022: Mariposa, Moonacres will be available online and for tasting and take-away/collection at our cellar door from 12pm (AEST) on Friday 3 February 2023.
The first of two variants for St Phoebe 2022, this ale was made by blending barrel aged golden mixed culture fermentation ale with 60kg of fresh, whole, tree ripened, organic Mariposa plums from Moonacres Farm in Fitzroy Falls, NSW. After a 5 month maceration and refermentation of fruit and beer, it was bottled and allowed to naturally carbonate and mature there before release.
"Beguiling nose of spices cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Sweet red berries and poached fruits. There's a confectionery element too which gently transitions to vinous dusty oak. A surprisingly more savoury palate. Present are the sweet spices but more forward is the vinous dry red fruits of raspberry and plum. There’s orange citrus, ginger and clove. The oak gives a wonderful dimension, facilitating such complex vinous characteristics. Gentle acidity to end an incredibly satisfying beer." - Luke.
The base beer is brewed entirely with NSW-grown regenerative 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 2 September 2022 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 22 weeks. At bottling it was 5.8% ABV.
And like all our beers, St Phoebe 2022: Mariposa, Moonacres is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).