Our 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 cooler season in 2017 produced fruit with delicate fruit flavours and good 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.
This wine has beautiful cashew nut aromas with light peachy characters together with fresh melon fruits; all typical of good, cool climate grown Chardonnay. A hint of burnt butter character from the oak adds complexity.
Our 2017 has the great textural quality and the good palate weight that is typical of Chardonnay. The palate has complexity of flavour with a delicious ‘creamy’ texture and good length that makes for a very satisfying drink! The delicate stone fruit flavours are complemented by the oak characters and the clean, dry, acid finish contributes to that persistence of flavour.
Our ’17 Chardonnay is excellent drinking right now and could be served with many foods. It will also handle a couple of year’s bottle age. Serve lightly chilled.