Chardonnay Hunter Valley New South Wales
A well balanced Chardonnay wine with ample palate texture, crisp grapefruit acidity and soft varietal stonefruit characters by one of the most distinguished winemakers in Hunter Valley. The vines were planted to soils and aspects where the excellent growing seasons and favourable ripening conditions yield grapes exhibiting splendid concentration. Nature has played a big part in contributing to the flavour profile of this generously proportioned Chardonnay, decidedly fruit driven with richly textured palate and lovely, lingering clean finish.
Chardonnay is sourced from some of the most idyllically positioned vineyards in Hunter Valley. Fully ripe grapes are picked throughout the cooler temperatures of night, whole bunch pressed to retain freshness and preserve expression of the vineyard. The must is chilled and transferred to drainers, inoculated by aromatic yeast and fermented at cold temperatures to maximise varietal fruit character. Vinifications are finished off in French oak hogsheads, followed by a regimen of lees stirring throughout several months maturation to enrich the mid palate and add creamy texture. A portion is treated ta course of malolactic.
Pale straw colour. Peach, nectarine and fresh apricot notes on the bouquet with hints of rockmelon and nutty oak spice. Rich tropical fruits with red apple acidity and lingering spicy oak to the palate. Fine, delicate and persistent, the ripe, fleshy nectarine and melon expressions fill out the juicy, fleshy mouthfeel. Essential Chardonnay attributes of stonefruits and citrus dominate the flavour spectrum while hints of vanilla, lessy creamyness and lemon curd tantalize the taste buds. Drinking beautifully now alongside rack of pork, cinnamon apple and parsnip shards.