Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is the purest expression of TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the fruit batches from each block are kept entirely separate in barrel over the 10 months in oak. It is crossflow filtered without fining before bottling at the Estate.
Aromas of white stone fruits reflect the warmer year, the palate balanced between finesse, length and creamy texture. The acid line drives through with a persistent and long finish. A wine to drink and enjoy now or cellar for 10 or more years.
The heritage blocks of B, D and G have a north-west aspect and represent a perfect site for Chardonnay. The three blocks have deep soils and a cool micro-climate.
The season leading up to the 2016 harvest saw warmer conditions through Spring and up to Christmas, bringing ripening forward. January and February were similar to 2015, with cool nights during ripening allowed for retention of acid and fine flavour development.
96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019