Our aim is to produce a finely flavoured and well balanced wine with the great fruit characters of this variety which is suitable for enjoying as a young wine or after some short term cellaring.
This vintage we sourced most of the Chardonnay from Mt Barker with just a small percentage from Albany. The fruit was picked over a 2 week period in March to achieve a balance of good natural acidity level along with some richer fruit flavours. As with previous years, we fermented a portion in stainless tanks (~20% in 2015) with the balance (nearly 80%) fermented in French oak barriques. Most of these barrels were �pre-loved� (i.e. 2nd or 3rd use) so that the fruit was not overwhelmed by 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 in January and given a light fining before bottling on 1st Feb 2016.
This wine has beautiful, perfumed aromas of fresh rockmelon and ripe peach. The gorgeous stone fruit characters and the delicate floral notes are typical of cool climate Chardonnay and have not been masked by the barrel fermented portion..
Our 2015 has delicious crisp and delicate tropical fruit flavours with good �tangy�, citrusy characters. These sweet citrus and melon fruit flavours are beautifully balanced by the fresh acidity which gives the wine its good length of flavour. The tank fermented portion provides the clean, fresh fruit flavours with the barrel fermented portion providing the textural quality and the good palate weight that is typical of Chardonnay.
Our Chardonnay is excellent drinking right now; it goes with everything! Will also handle a couple of year�s bottle age.