The aim is to produce a finely flavoured and well balanced wine with the great fruit characters of this variety; suitable for enjoying as a young wine or after some short term cellaring.
The fruit is all from Mt Barker vineyards in the Great Southern. The excellent season in 2018, together with the moderate yields, produced fruit with good flavour & great acidity, perfect for this lighter style of Chardonnay. It was all fermented in French oak barriques with most of these barrels being ‘pre-loved’ (ie 2nd or 3rd use) so the fruit characters were not dominated by strong, new oak flavours. Inhibiting malolactic fermentation ensures a fresh zesty style that still has good palate weight and mouth feel.
Attractive nose with the typical “Chardonnay” characters of ripe stone fruit and fresh rockmelon, complexed by the light, spicy oak characters picked up during barrel fermentation.
Our 2018 Chardonnay has a lovely palate with the varietal fruit flavours of fresh melon predominating; the oak is secondary and just adds complexity and structure to the palate. It has gorgeous palate weight, is ‘seamless’ and well balanced; its natural acidity giving a clean, dry and lingering crisp finish. Delicious!