The wine is a blend of seven blocks located across the TarraWarra property. Harvested between 11.8 and 12.4 baume, the wine was naturally fermented in both barrel and tank. The wine has grapefruit and lemon zest aromas with underlying notes of cashew nuts. The tight palate reflects the season, with texture derived from 10 months on lees and a lovely drive with persistence of flavour. With oak and tank maturation, the wine shows an elegant complexity with appealing freshness.
The excellent 2017 was a later and cooler year in the Yarra Valley. January and February brought perfect ripening conditions, with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s, and cool nights aiding retention of acid and fine flavor development. Careful vineyard management gives the fruit the qualities that are a hallmark of TarraWarra Estate Chardonnay.
Fruit for the Estate wine was sourced from 17-34 year-old vines across the property. The TarraWarra Estate vineyard has a northerly aspect across high sloping hill-sides, which provides good drainage and air circulation.
The grapes are all hand harvested at approximately seven tonnes per hectare.
2020 Halliday Wine Companion, Jane Faulkner, 93 Points