Chardonnay Pyrenees Victoria
Fashioned from harvests of Chardonnay grown to the cooler, slower ripening Forest Hut property at Moonambel. The climes are three to four degrees cooler than the Dalwhinnie estate vineyard all year round, so vintage arrives some three weeks later. Vines make the most of the extra time on offer, to ripen grapes fully and develop vibrant fruit characters, translating into a solid Chardonnay wine with stunning tropical melon perfumes and juicy apple orchard complexity.
David Jones planted new vines to estate property on the Moonambel valley floor in the 1990s, just four kilometres down the road from Dalwhinnie. These younger Forest Hut blocks were established with a view to supplying other wineries until plantings came of age. Now fully mature, these unirrigated and dry farmed, well canopied, vertically shoot positioned vines are yielding harvests of the most splendid Chardonnay. The grapes are harvested, chilled and airbag pressed before being inoculated and pumped to barrel for three weeks of cool fermentation. Upon completion the wine is treated to several months maturation in a selection of well seasoned, three and four year old French oak barriques.
Deep pale straw colour. Bouquet offers lovely tropical passionfruit and pear fruit aromas with a hint of spice. A brisk palate of crunchy cool climate stonefruit characters over background oak, seasoned by appleseed flavours and slight savoury edge. A fresh and crisp Chardonnay wine exhibiting elegance and restraint, the ideal accompaniement to calamari, braised white meats or brie.