2022 Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Fresh fruit, creamy texture.
VARIETY The Australian Chardonnay story began in Mudgee, with local Alf Kurtz growing unidentified Chardonnay cuttings taken from James Busby’s original collection. In the early 1970s, wine from the Kurtz grapes was made and labelled as Australia’s first Chardonnay. Chardonnay goes in and out of fashion, but with multiple plantings on different soil types, altitude and orientation, dating back to the mid ‘70s, our love affair with the King of White Wines is enduring and true. Our Barrel Fermented Chardonnays just keep on getting better. I really love this 2021 wine. It's the product of a cool season, happy vines producing their best fruit, an earlyish pick date, subtle oak treatment and a lot of skill. The goal for this wine is for it to have freshness and be fruit-driven, with that lovely full and rounded character and classic Chardonnay buttery / creaminess.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Block 11, 16 and 17 was picked on 21/02 at 12.8 Bé, hand picked and whole bunch pressed. 15% went to wild ferment, and the wine was racked into seasoned French hogsheads. It sat on lees, stirred weekly for 3 months. Barrels were tasted and graded and the wine blended and bottled 20/9 at 13.7% alc/vol.
IN GLASS Pale lemon yellow.
IN NOSE Delicate, creamy. Butterscotch and hints of Madagascan vanilla. Green apple, a touch of stone fruit and papaya.
IN MOUTH Pleasing zing of fruit straight off the bat. Fresh, lovely melon and lemon curd, hints of tart green apple. Clean, bright acidity through the mid palate. Rounded and beautifully balanced. Complex. Long but smooth finish, lingering and beautiful softness to the oak characters. Serve nice and chilled.
CELLAR 2031+ These wines begin to hit their best at around 3 years from vintage. The natural acidity and level of fruit suggest this example has a long life ahead of it.
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