The 2016 Reserve Chardonnay is a wine that delivers luxurious finesse wrapped around a lovely linear core of acidity.
To craft this wine, the best blocks of fruit were hand harvested and each clone was kept separate before being gently pressed with a percentage of the juice having a short amount of skin contact. The free run juice was racked to 20% cement eggs and 80% French oak barrels for fermentation and the lees were stirred bi-weekly to achieve more creaminess and texture as well as greater complexity. We only used 25% of new oak for just a hint of barrel toast throughout. The majority of this wine underwent slow fermentations by native yeasts for added complexity and integration.
It exhibits beautiful aromatics brimming with salted caramel, golden sultanas, melon, pineapple, walnuts and poached pear with a hint of cardamom and complexing wet river stone notes. On the palate is rich, honeyed and textural with a lengthy finish.
This is an exceptional Chardonnay that will age beautifully for the next five to ten years from vintage date.