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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, la saveur de la France from the top pick of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Ashbrook Estate Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Hailed at inaugural release by industry savant James Halliday as the nation's finest Chardonnay, Ashbrook is crafted from harvests of Old Chardonnay Mendoza clone, picked off parcels of forty year old vine and assembled with a small block of Clones 3 and 5 transplanted from neighbouring Leeuwin Estate. The long, balmy ripening seasons at Wilyabrup encourage development of the most intense varietal characters, a big boned, dimensional Chardonnay, enhanced through a course of new French oak ferments and extended term on lees.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
Ashbrook are the archetypal Margaret River boutique winemaking estate. The dedicated team strive to achieve perfect balance between parcels of the highest quality Chardonnay and treatments in fine French oak. Ultimately the wine remains essentially driven by fruit, maintaining sound structue and clear definition. Grapes are picked fully ripe and in excellent condition, displaying attractive varietal characters. Half the wine is fermented and matured in new French oak barriques over the course of several months without any battonage or malolactic treatments, preserving the distinctive expression of Margaret River and highlighting the primary fruit characters of solidly structured west coast Chardonnay.
Light straw yellow hues. Intense bouquet of varietal fruit, rich peach, melon aromas and light oak characters. A long flavoursome palate displaying strong and complex fruit flavours. It's virile aromatics and engaging palate is matched by substantial textures and luxuriant barrel ferment flavours, grapefruit and vanillan, cashews, nutmeg and clove.
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