Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
The inspiration behind Lillydale Chardonnay is to collate a series of components which speak of the terroir whence they came, assembling them into a complete wine, which expresses the Yarra Valley as a whole. Richly barrel fermented and treated to a luxuriant lees stirring, Lillydale reveals long orchard fruit characters, defining the tastefully oaked Yarra Valley Chardonnay style.
Lillydale Estate is set amongst the undulating hills near Seville in the Yarra Valley. In addition to a long history of claiming gold and trophies at national wine shows, some of Lillydale Estate's most prestigious awards have included Best Victorian White at the Royal Melbourne. Parcels of fruit from choice sites on various aspects are assembled to construct the definitive Yarra Valley Chardonnay. The finest free run juices are filled to seasoned and new oak barrels for the addition of special yeasts and twenty days fermentation, followed by two months weekly battonage. Components are assembled into the finished wine after a year's maturation in April the following year, filtered and lightly fined. Alcohol 13.5%
Pale straw with light green hues. Fresh aromas of peach, cashew nuts, fig and melon are complemented by secondary butterscotch notes. Well integrated over fine French oak characters. Stonefruit and citrus flavours dominate the superbly textured palate. A full bodied Chardonnay with the character of peach kernel, balanced by mineral acid and an excellent core of mid palate which fruit persisits, lingering and long.