Color, nose and palate
A brilliant, fresh, green straw colour. The use of free-run juice has produced an impressively elegant cool climate chardonnay, achieving a perfect balance between delicate fruit flavours, texture and length. Initial flavours of grapefruit and stone fruit lead to a richer and more textured mid palate that finishes with lingering citrus acidity balanced by spicy French oak.
Cellaring potential: The use of Screw Cap technology will allow this wine to be cellared, with confidence, for up to 10 years.
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This estate grown Chardonnay has been produced from grapes harvested from vines planted in 1988. The juice is barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second use water-bent French oak barriques and puncheons. We use several yeast strains, including wild yeast, to add to the layers of complexity.
A proportion of the barrels are lees stirred weekly, and allowed to undergo natural secondary malolactic fermentation, introducing a savoury and textural intensity to the finished wine.
The wine spends 11 months in barrel before minimal fining and bottling.