Region: Yarra Valley.
Soil: Silty clay loam over yellow clay.
Vines: Planted in 2012 – 4 highly regarded Clones (95, 76, 124, 548)
Aroma, Bouquet and Palate: Bright lemon citrus peel with orange blossom fragrance dominated by a sea spray mineralogy. A crunchy grapefruit tang with ideas of white peach weight, predominantly citrus focused with a little saline moorish edge. The fruit shines through from the warmth of the vintage but the acidity of the region keeps it focused and long.
Winemaking: Whole bunch pressed to extract the purest Chardonnay juice then fermented on some light solids which lend weight, texture and ultimately complexity. Some of the individual clones only in barrel for fermentation before transfer to stainless steel tank to keep the wine bright and focused. For this reason no malolactic fermentation was initiated either. Only French oak is used with 20% being new barrels, the balance a mixture of older barrels, maturation time only 9 months before bottling.
Enjoy now or allow to mature with careful cellaring for up to 5 years.
94 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion.