Region: Yarra Valley.
Vineyards: Amphi and Pistol blocks planted in 1994, Melba block planted in 1991 and Drive block planted in 1976. These 4 vineyards consistently produce the finest, most detailed wines from the 13 different Chardonnay plots on the Estate.
Wine Style: The Estate Grown Chardonnay has drive but is still quite a fine style. We try to achieve nuance of variety without losing sight of the vineyard characteristics or season. The wines are dry, nutty, slightly creamy and quite textural.
Tasting Note: Light straw with a green edge. Bright, complex, hints of citrus, hazelnut, subtle oak. Fine, minerally, textural, drying phenolics, creamy flavours.
General Character: Dry style, textural, food wine.
Vintage Conditions: A terrific mild season with a good balance of flavour, texture and acidity. Quite fine and composed, good natural acidity.
Winemaking: All vineyards are vinified and matured separately. Grapes are hand picked, pressed and allowed to settle overnight. The juice is then racked to older French oak casks (225L, 500L and 5700L) where it undergoes fermentation and maturation. The casks are racked to tank and bottled in November.
Suggested Cuisine: Fried John Dory or Flathead with fries and lemon.
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.5%, pH: 3.18 TA: 6.0 g/L.
Cellaring: The wine will continue to develop complexity and interest with good cellaring for 5-10 years.
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