Chardonnay South Australia
Mr Burge retains a host of vineyards which proffer a palette of complimenting climes, soil and aspects to the winemaking team. Each site is matched to the most suitable grape, ensuring harvests of exceptional quality fruit. Benchmark sets a high standard, the finest quality grapes and adroit vinification. Burge selects only those parcels which can best express a generosity of Chardonnay character. Benchmark is fashioned to a refreshing, supply oaked style, the ideal accompaniment to roast chicken, piquant thai green curries or creole style fish.
As fifth generation of a great winemaking and grape growing dynasty that has been part of the Barossa since 1855, Grant Burge's commitment is absolute. Burge manages his vineyards to yield fruit of the most exacting standards. Chardonnay is sourced from the Barossa, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills. Grapes are crushed and cold settled, juices are racked off solids and inoculated for a cool vinification in fermenters over the course of several weeks. A portion is treated to oak barrel ferments, another completes malolactic. All components are aged on yeast lees for complexity, mouthfeel and texture. Following settling and filtration, Benchmark is assembled into the consumate, fruit driven Chardonnay.
Bright gold hue. Vibrant citrus, floral and tropical fruit aromas. The palate is lean and racy, fine natural acidity lending great length to the citrus flavours, a well rounded palate from time spent on lees. Clean varietal characters and rich textures, offering fine balance and remarkable approachability whilst young. Not your rich and traditional full bodied style of Chardonnay, but a more modern rendition best suited to fresh seafood or spicy fish.