Concentration & power, with flint & tension. Receiving rave reviews, this wine is rich & layered with flint & acidity. Crunchy nectarine, citrus, herbaceous characters with harmonious integration of oak.
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The wine has deep layers of pickled lemon rind, mandarin skin & crunchy white nectarine.
It has a richness and thickness to the structure with hints of flint and white pepper similar to the 2019 Chardonnay. This is a very generous and refreshing Chardonnay that can be drunk now but will also age well. – Tod Dexter
A wetter than average spring during flowering resulted in a slightly lower average yield. The La Nina weather continued over summer gave rise to slower ripening period than usual. This resulted in a harvest of grapes retaining high level of acidity with good concentration of flavour. The quality & flavour of the grapes remained excellent.
Each clone on our single vineyard site was picked separately when they individually reached optimal ripeness. This was followed by gentle whole-bunch pressing into separate tanks and settling overnight. They were then transferred to 500L French oak puncheons (19% New, 19% second use, 19% third use and 43% older) to undergo fermentation. During maturation the barrels were stirred occasionally depending on their flavour profile. Some barrels went through natural malolactic fermentation. For this vintage 80% completed MLF. The wine was left on yeast lees until December to develop structure; it was then transferred to tank to prepare for bottling. The wine was bottled early January 2023, 10 months after harvest. – Tod Dexter
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