Pale straw with green hues.
Lifted aromas of grapefruit rind and lemon curd entwined with flint and yellow fruit.
Lime tart, lemon blossom and fresh pine are matched by tightly wound, edgy acidity. The wine is both complex and fresh, in the most modern way.
Has both the structure and concentration to continue to develop for at least five years from vintage.Download Tasting Notes
The 2018 growing season in Western Australia was both mild and atypically late, allowing for optimum ripeness to be achieved in this Chardonnay while retaining fresh, vibrant natural acid and varietal fruit flavours. The fruit was sourced from the Talisman vineyard in the Geographe region and was handpicked in the cool of the night.
The grapes were then whole bunch pressed, without settling, directly to French barriques, 50% of which were new and 50% of which were one year old. The wine underwent wild fermentation, spent 8 months on lees before being lightly fined and bottled in December 2018. After fermentation, the barrels were topped and stirred only once. The wine was allowed to mature on lees for six months before final blending and bottling.
Chicken breast in a delicate tarragon and Dijon mustard sauce.
More tightly furled than the '17. Whether this is due to an additional year in bottle, or an additional year of accomplishment, I know not. I suggest the latter. Nectarine tang and vanilla pod. The oak is alluded to, but nestled in beautifully, melding with mineral corset. An excellent chardonnay...