2017 Wild Ferment Chardonnay
A classic chardonnay! Honeydew melon & pear with a toasted vanilla pod on the nose lead to a rich, beautifully structured, full-bodied wine with a long & complex finish.
Tasting notes Honeydew melon, pear, citrus and vanillin aromas combine to deliver a compelling nose. The creamy palate is beautifully balanced with white fruits and citrus supported by toasty oak. Crisp acidity provides length and persistence. Viticultural notes The fruit for our Wild Ferment Chardonnay was grown by Davydd and Cheryl Westlake at their Misty River vineyard near Ballandean in the Granite Belt.The Granite Belt is situated on the Great Dividing Range 850m above sea level and 95 km inland from the coast. The winters are cold and frosty and summers warm producing a continental climate. Most of the region’s rainfall comes in the growing season feeding the buds and shoots. The soil is largely composed of granite, somewhat on the acidic side and is very free draining. Winemaking notes The hand picked fruit was processed and juice containing solids was drained into new and used French oak barriques. No commercial yeast was added with indigenous yeast from the vineyard and surrounds being encouraged to complete the fermentation. There was no intentional malo-lactic fermentation. Extended lees contact and regular lees stirring have added to the wine’s complexity. Wine Analysis COLOUR Rich golden yellow NOSE Honeydew melon, pear, citrus and vanillin PALATE Creamy and balanced with white fruits and citrus supported by toasty oak ALC/VOL 13.2% CELLAR 3 – 4 years FOOD MATCH Chicken and Pasta dishes and rich cheeses