A slightly richer more intensely flavoured Chardonnay than its sibling the Parterre Chardonnay.
Exquisitely expressive floral perfume, honeysuckle , mango flowers, limes, brioche and toast. The wine rides the line of lean but not mean. Sublime to drink with freshness and vitality. White peach, nougat, limes and intensity to burn.
The grapes for the dry grown Palladian Chardonnay were especially selected from the best section of the vineyard and micro-managed to produce the very best quality for this wine. This involved shoot thinning laterals during the growing season, leaf plucking by hand and dropping bunches formed on the short shoots. The hand harvested bunches were then also individually sorted by hand prior to whole bunch pressing directly to new 500L puncheons for fermentation.
Once hand harvested the fruit was transferred in small slotted bins directly to cool rooms and chilled to 8°C overnight. The bunches were gently whole bunch pressed to around 530L/tonne, this allowed us to only extract the juice from the fleshy interior of the berries and not the juice next to the skin, thereby minimising phenolic (tannic) pick up and resulting in a juice with exquisite seamless structure. The chardonnay juice was then pumped to 500 L Burgundian Special Toast Puncheons directly and sequentially from the press. Fermentation was initiated by wild yeast (indigenous yeasts found in the vineyard) the barrels were transferred to the cool room for fermentation and the temperature was kept below 20°C to retain primary fruit characters. After fermentation the barrels were stirred weekly for a month, this resulted in a creamy mouth feel to complement the linear acid structure of the wine. The wine spent 9 months in puncheons before being blended and bottled.
Spicy biscuit oak, zesty lime and grapefruit, kaffir lime leaf, touch of nougat, whisper of struck match. Medium-bodied, intense fruit backed with tasteful spicy oak, gently chalky texture, a bit of sunshine pineapple and vanilla on a long crisp finish. Savoury elements in play, but not thick with winemaker influence, more into purity here. A spicy little unit. Shy as a youngster, and more open coming back to it having been open for a day.
95+ points, Gary Walsh, Winefront