A barrel selection of the very best Chardonnay parcels from the 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.
Good finishing winter rains with moderate spring conditions resulted in excellent canopy health. The summer ripening period was dry and warm with some above average heat in late January prompting an early start to harvest. The weather tempered in early February and the fruit ripening slowed to a more typical pattern resulting in a long and steady vintage. Continuous fine weather remained through to mid-April when harvest completed for reds.
Top 10 Chardonnays. Ranked #3
Australian Chardonnays took the top four slots in the 3rd annual Le Judgment de Montreal, the high profile annual wine tasting with Quebecs private import association, RASPIPAV, loosely based on the reenactment of the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting. Thirty wines were tasted by fourteen judges, who are among the most influential industry professionals in Quebec.
Another outstanding chardonnay under this label which is now firmly among the region's elite chardonnays. It continues the fine and leaner style established a few years ago, with slightly more richness than the 2011. Love the restrained minerally grapefruit characters with its cashew and brioche influences. The palate builds beautifully to the finish. Outstanding.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2014.