White nectarine and citrus fruits spill immediately onto the palate. These fruit flavours are augmented with barrel ferment characters such as macadamia. But the texture of the wine is what continues to entice. Some alcohol warmth is framed by natural grapefruit pith. The fine natural acidity that can only be grown in cool places remains the backbone of the wine giving great structure, drive and length. The flowing palate is long and intense yet continually develops through your first, second and third glass. A great example of cold climate Macedon Ranges Chardonnay.
A long cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and crop thinning were required. A late summer with warm days and cool nights allowed fruit to reach is full flavour ripeness, while retaining good acid structure. The cool nights during March and April helped retain natural acidity and allow full flavour
Hand harvested fruit was firmly whole bunch pressed to impart some skin contact to release the full flavour profile and impart some phenolic texture. Natural ferment occurred in new (24%) and older French barrels. The wine was left to unwind and age slowly on its ferment lees to add generosity. Every barrel was treated as is own entity, with some allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation to add further depth. After 11 months the wine was racked and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018
A restrained citrusy chardonnay with flinty reductive styling here. Impressive complexity delivered with restraint. The palate has bright acid spark and a smooth sleeve of lime and white-peach flavours. Really elegant and long. Drink now.