2011 was cool and punctuated by regular rainfall.
The long ripening period has given us intense flavours at lower sugar levels.
We took advantage of the cool vintage conditions and made this rare Chardonnay. We took fruit from a high altitude vineyard in Tumbarumba and a tiny parcel of Chardonnay vines in the Clonakilla vineyard at Murrumbateman. Whole bunch pressing, warm fermentation, lees stirring and aging in French oak were used to produce this wine.
It shows yellow peach, grapefruit and cracked wheat characters on the nose with a precise, fresh palate with bright acids.
Bright straw-green; while principally sourced from a high altitude vineyard in Tumbarumba, has a small amount of estate-grown chardonnay included;
hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, warm fermentation and lees stirred during ageing in French oak; a wonderfully intense, largely fruit-driven, wine with layers of white and yellow peach, grapefruit and a hint of oak; the intensity and drive of the palate are outstanding.
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013
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