Chardonnay Macedon Victoria
The wines of Shadowfax have gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time, due in no small part to the remarkable quality of fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax have achieved the new wave of Chardonnay, refreshingly fruit driven, livelier than it's Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. A modern style that's perfect for cosmopolitan faire, offering excellent palate weight and solid structure, to accompany fresh fried flatheads or grilled and marinated spatchcock.
Of particular importance to Shadowfax are the very close relationships with a select group of growers who provide harvests of the most intensely flavoured Chardonnay. Grapes are all hand picked, transported to the wineworks at Werribee and carefully whole bunch pressed. Juices are transferred to a combination of new and prior use French oak barriques and hogsheads, inoculated by naturally occurring, wild indigenous yeasts and vinified at moderate temperatures, fermented to dry without any residual sugar. After ten months on sedimentery lees in oak, under the expansive and cavernous Shadowfax estate cellars, barrels are racked to tank for settling, assemblage into the final wine and filtration before bottling.
Youthful straw hue with a bright edge. Bouquet is intense and very expressive, complex aromas of white flowers, lightly grilled nuts, grapefruits and earth. Concentrated, balanced, complex palate, showing its cooler origins. Grapefruit pith, citrus and floral flavours are complemented by maritime characters of melon, fig and pear. Oak and lees add complexity, tasty natural acidity ensures the palate finishes cleanly.