Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
The quiet achievers in Yarra Valley Chardonnay, De Bortoli have been husbanding the choicest sites for decades, all the while training their vines to yield harvests of increasingly higher quality fruit. Windy Peak can now make available to fine wine enthusisats with an eye for value, a quality of Chardonnay without peer. For all adherents of fine and approachable new world Chardonnay, Windy Peak is richly structured, a regimen of extravagant vinification techniques contribute exceptional balance to the finished wine.
Chardonnay is sourced from Dixons Creek and Tarrawarra, Yarra Glen and the Upper Yarra. Grapes are harvested throughout the chilly, early hours of morning at optimal maturity. The cooler blocks are generally picked at lower sugar levels to retain delicacy in the wine. Parcels are delivered straight to the Yarra Valley wineworks for immediate processing. Fruit is crushed, pressed and allowed to settle overnight. This provides enough natural clarification for a combination of fermenters and oak barrel vinification while extracting some good phenolics for texture and minerality. A program of lees stirring and partial malolactic contributes complexity and creaminess while enhancing texture and mouthfeel. Alcohol 12.0%
Medium straw colour with green hues. Hints of white peach and grapefruit with a slight nuttiness to the bouquet. Brioche fruit characters with a nuance of hazelnut. Soft, creamy flavours on the palate with balanced acidity and texture. Highly recommended alongside fried camembert, fried gujons with tartar or pan grilled fillets of whiting.