100% Chardonnay from the Midhill, Mt Macedon, Springhill, Little Hampton vineyards. Good spring rains set the season up in the Macedon Ranges.
Soil moisture continued through to harvest even though there was no rain in January, February and March. The growing season was settled and full foliage had to be carefully managed, with crop thinning required. The dry summer allowed fruit to be harvested on phenolic and flavour ripeness alone, a rare treat in the Macedon Ranges.
Hand harvested fruit was firmly whole bunch-pressed to impart some skin contact to release the full flavour profile and impart some phenolic texture. Natural ferment occurred in new (24%) and older French barrels. The wine was left on its
ferment lees to add generosity. Every barrel was treated as is own entity, with some allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation to add further depth. After 11 months the wine was racked and filtered prior to bottling in February 2019.
In the glass it's light straw with a green hue and brilliant clarity. This distinctive Macedon ranges Chardonnay
bursts from the glass with white florals, while grapefruit and nectarine fruit notes complement those higher tones. Hints of lees-derived almond add further complexity, and a lick of river stone. The perfume is persistent and intriguing, bellying the complex and powerful wine beneath.
White nectarine and grapefruits spill immediately onto the palate. These fruit flavours are augmented with wild ferment characters such as slivered almond and choux pastry. The wine shows generosity with hints of lemon curd and spice. Some
alcohol warmth is framed by natural grapefruit pith and toasted barrel complexity. The flowing palate is long and intense yet continually develops through your first, second and third glass. A great example of cold-climate Macedon ranges Chardonnay. Enjoy. - Al Timms, Shadowfax