A barrel selection of the very best Chardonnay parcels from the 2011 vintage. It was fermented entirely with wild yeasts and matured in French oak barriques with battonage for nine months. Our style of Chardonnay has developed significantly over recent years with complex vineyard character coming from less clarified juice and natural yeast.
An exceptionally dry Spring resulted in small balanced canopies and early development stages. A very warm Summer with timely rainfall around veraison was followed by rapid ripening to an early vintage. Whites were harvested in a very short time frame though retained good acid.
A mighty follow-up to the sensational 2010 which took all before it on the show circuit. This is not so obvious but in some ways is a superior wine.. by a bit. Carries the aromatic same mix of cereal and grapefruit, with the fine minerally thread a striking feature. Such perfect balance and poise on the palate with the fine delicate flavours held through to a long penetrating finish. Great stuff.
Top 100 Wines
This certification is the official recognition by Master of Wine, Rob Geddes, that this wine tasted for the 31st edition of the Australian Wine Vintages was judged one of the top 100 wines in over 3,500 tasted.
Smoky and toasty and a bit of struck match reduction - gives the high note. Lots of lime fruit underneath but definitely not a fruit-forward wine. Leaner fruit than the 2010 but full in the mouth with all that texture and weight. Fabulous freshness and length. Great concentration. Drink 2015-2025