This as ever is a very exciting wine from a vineyard on the edge. Despite always ripening late, loving to get botrytis and generally giving me extreme levels of anxiety, it’s a vineyard that makes a unique wine.
This is the single-vineyard Chardonnay from the 0.37Ha Tassell Park site in Treeton. The vineyard is interplanted with gin gin clone and Burgundian 277 clone. Handpicked very late on 9th April and whole bunch-pressed directly to new, one- and two-year-old puncheons, with no settling or fining processes. Spontaneous fermentation, with the wine staying on gross lees unsulphured until September of that year. In December the wine was emptied from barrel, settled, filtered and bottled.
The 2019 is a super compelling and incredibly complex wine. Pale green with Tassel Park’s hallmark flint, funk and cool sea-breeze character. The palate is incredibly long and fine and likely more balanced than these wines generally are in their youth. Subtle oak character frames crunchy white nectarine and a perfect al dente structure. – Julian & Alana Langworthy