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Baillieu Chardonnay

This cool climate chardonnay shows aromas of white peach & layered honeyed nectarine. A fresh palate of white stone fruits combines with lean minerality. The balanced acidity is refreshing with subtle barrel characteristics. Time will see this wine build richness in body & texture, akin to previous vintages.

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VARIETY

Chardonnay

REGION

Mornington Peninsula

HARVESTED

17th March 2019

PLANTED

1995

ALCOHOL

13.5% Vol

COLOUR

Pale straw

BOUQUET

Fresh aromas of citrus & white peach combine with a nutty & honeyed nectarine.

WINEMAKER

Geraldine McFaul at Willow Creek Vineyard

PALATE

A fresh palate of white stone fruits combines with lean minerality. The balanced acidity is refreshing with subtle barrel characteristics.

VINTAGE

Rain events did create moderate disease pressure during the growing season but were often followed by prolonged periods of mild & dry weather so there was little disease occurrence. Temperatures were generally higher than moderate with higher-than-average low temperatures but no hot weather & certainly no heat waves. We meandered through harvest at a gentle pace.

WINEMAKING

This pristine single vineyard Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed to retain delicacy and freshness, then settled in tank to clarify overnight. The juice was transferred to French oak barriques (20% of which were new) for ferment and maturation, with the barrels completing malolactic fermentation soften the high natural acidity from this very cool season. Prepared for bottling in December 2021.

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