2016 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Vineyard / Winemaking: This wine has spent 8 months in barrel, sitting on lees, while being gently stirred twice weekly to ensure those buttery, toasty, mouth filling characters developed fully to complement the tropical fruit.
Description: This 2016 Chardonnay is elegant, complex and full in nose.
Aromas: The primary fruit aromas of banana, peach and tropical fruit are supported by toasty French oak, vanilla and butterscotch.
Palate: In the mouth, the wine is medium to full bodied, with a complex combination of flavours as per the aroma profile, plus lovely citrus from the well balanced acid. This wine has a round, long finish.
Cellar: Cellar to 2021. (I think this wine will hit its stride in the summer of 2017).
Drink with: Creamy chicken pasta.
"90/100. The barrel work is obvious here. That’s not a bad thing. It lends the wine richness and impact, its toasty/cedary characters locked onto the peachy fruit. This is a strident chardonnay, all in, its flavours emphasised like a fist banging a bench. Lemon and lees characters sizzle through the finish..." The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson June 2017