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 the Great Southern, in fact all from Mt Barker for this vintage. The grapes were harvested over a 2 week period during March; achieving a balance of good natural acidity together with some of the richer, ripe fruit flavours. It was all fermented in French oak barriques with most of these barrels being ‘pre-loved’ (ie 2nd or 3rd use) so that the fruit characters were not overwhelmed with strong, new oak characters. Regular stirring of the yeast lees gives added complexity, while inhibiting malolactic fermentation ensures a fresh zesty style that still has good palate weight and mouth feel. The wine was blended and given a light fining before bottling on 31st January 2017.
This wine has beautiful tropical fruit aromas of fresh rockmelon and guava with some light, toasty oak characters. There’s an interesting hint of spiciness (a whiff of fresh nutmeg?) which sits well with the stone fruit characters and the delicate, perfumed floral notes, typical of cool climate Chardonnay.
Our 2016 has a little more oak on the palate which combines well with the white peach and ripe nectarine fruit flavours. These sweet stone fruit flavours are beautifully balanced by the gentle acidity which gives the wine its good length of flavour. We have been careful to ensure the wine is not over oaked; it is flavoursome while still having the great textural quality and the good palate weight that is typical of Chardonnay.
Our ’16 Chardonnay is excellent drinking right now; it could be served with many foods. It will also handle a couple of years bottle age. Serve lightly chilled.