Chardonnay 2016 Limited Release
Medium straw. Lifted stonefruits of nectarine and peach are balanced by hints of spice, hazelnut and vanillin char from fermentation in French oak barrels. A multi faceted wine, with varietal melon fruit and fresh citrus characters up front. Subtle barrel fermentation provides a fine creamy texture to the mid palate while the crisp acidity creates an immaculate finish with persistent citrus and toasty oak characters.
The fruit was harvested in February and barrel fermented in a mix of new and old French oak puncheons - 500L capacity. The wine then spent a further nine months in barrel with regular lees stirring to enhance the texture and mouth feel.
Chardonnay is enjoying a resurgence at present and this wine is sure to please! Slightly more restrained and elegant than previous vintages this wine is perfectly integrated for enjoyment now or reward yourself with further cellaring for 5-7 years.
"Made in the Burgundian style from our best parcels of chardonnay fruit. Barrel fermentation in French oak puncheons, weekly lees stirring and partial malolactic fermentation provides a wine of complexity and significant aging potential. Barrel fermentation in French puncheons provides the complexity to give a long ageing potential." - Colin Campbell