Chardonnay Orange New South Wales
Mayfield Vineyard is one of the highest and coolest vineyards in Australia, endowed with an extended, gradual ripening period. The hundred hectare estate surrounds the historic homestead on the Icely Road leading to where gold was first discovered in Australia. Its unique aspects, low vigour soils and a modest yield regime is highly conducive to the production of elegant and refined wines. The cool climes encourage the grapes to ripen without heat stress. Icely Road is a fully approachable Chardonnay tailored for sophisticated palates.
The Mayfield Vineyard yields small amounts of hand picked grapes which are treated with the utmost care at the winery to express their true natural characteristics. The extended ripening periods of the Orange winegrowing region achieves greater intensity of colour and flavour whilst retaining natural acidity. Harvesting is conducted in stages to ensure optimum ripeness and fruit intensity. After clarification 100% of the juice are fermented cool in tank at 12.5C. Following fermentation the finished wine was held on yeast lees for an extended period to allow yeast autolysis to add complexity and mid palate creaminess. The wine was then cold stabilized and filtered prior to bottling. Alcohol 12.6%
Brilliant green gold colour. Dominant fruit driven characters of sweet fig, melon and citrus. The palate is rich with sweet fruit flavours and creamy yeast, balanced with fine acidity. Delicious to drink now, Icely Road will continue to develop further complexity and finesse.