Chardonnay Bendigo Vic Victoria
Water Wheel is situated at Bridgewater -On- Loddon under the shadow of the historic water powered Water Wheel Flour Mill, surrounded by hectares of thriving vines. One of the Bendigo region's most eminent farming dynasties acquired the estate in the late 1980s and embarked on a program of planting vines, installing new facilities, employing a highly skilled winemaking team and introducing a major new oak regimen. Dividends have arrived in the form of conspicuous award winning wines, meritorious accolades and superlative Chardonnay.
Vines are hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun, achieving maximum ripeness, white wine grapes are planted to lighter, better drained soils. All vines are irrigated from the nearby Loddon river with ground level mini sprays. Chardonnay is treated to an extravagant barrel fermentation in French and American oak hogsheads. Upon completion, batches are held for a term of lees stirring on a weekly basis, achieving complexity, good mouthfeel and luxurious textures. The finished wine is protein and cold stabilized prior to filtration and bottling, a state of the art bentonite fining for protein stability.
Lemon gold hues. On the nose there are obvious stone fruit characters with some subtle cashew and vanilla aromas also showing. The palate is complex with peach and pear flavours apparent. There is a smooth and creamy mid palate balanced by subtle, integrated oak and lees complexity, followed by a clean and persistent finish. Perfect alongside seafood risotto, shucked oysters or tuna pappardelle.