Focused, long and intense with layers of lemon zest, complesx spice and ripe acidity. Harmony and texture are key.
2017 Tasmanian Wine Show Top Gold 2016 Chardonnay
2018 Langton's James Halliday Chardonnay Challange - Regional Trophy Tasmania 96 points
Winefront 96 points - Campbell Mattinson
The 2016 season was quite warm and early with fruit being harvested in March. Pristine fruit was hand harvested and chilled overnight before whole bunch pressing directly to barrels without the use of sulphur dioxide or press cut. The juice was wild fermented in barrel with full solids at around 18oC followed by 9 months on lees along with partial malolactic fermentation. Batonnage occurred just occasionally. After a thorough barrel evaluation two barrels were selected, a 1 year old and an older one. The wine was then blended, filtered and then bottled in February 2017.
The 2016 Chardonnay is a blend from two mature vineyards in the Coal River Valley (52%) and the Tasman Peninsula (48%).