Mount Bellarine, on which Scotchmans Hill is located, is an extinct volcano where thick, black, moisture retentive and fertile volcanic soils of black clay with basalt subsoil lend individual and intense flavours to the wines. Chardonnay grapes grown here exhibit penetrating characters of stonefruit and melon with firm acid structures and crisp textures. Scotchmans Hill also retain vineyards in the King Valley where the cooler climes produce a softer, rich style of Chardonnay with vivid expressions of yellow peach, melons and aromatic tropical fruits.
The deep red clay loams and higher aspects of the King Valley invigorate the vines into producing healthy Chardonnay grapes with lively varietal characters. Parcels are harvested and delivered immediately to the Scotchmans Hill wineworks at Geelong where they are vinified alongside a core of Chardonnay grown to local vineyards. Grapes are crushed and inoculated in temperature controlled tanks by a combination of cultured and indigenous yeasts to provide complexity and enhance aromatics. Juces are vinified at cooler temperatures without any malolactic fermentation, followed by an unoaked maturation on gross yeast sediment lees for three months to derive added textures and enrich the palate.
Mid straw colour with a green tinge. Lifted, intense nose of stonefruit, melon, tropical fruits and nashi pear. Full, fresh and lively this fruit driven unoaked Chardonnay has stone fruits, melon and tropical flavours which dominate the front palate. Good acidity and fruit intensity gives the wine overall balance. Serve slightly chilled with seafood, chicken pasta or Al fresco.