Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is unique expression of site in TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the wine is matured in French oak for 10 months. It is crossflow filtered without fining before bottling at the Estate.
This Chardonnay is quite a departure from our usual Chardonnay. The perfumed aroma of citrus fruits with a hint of oak flows through the very fine and long palate, with higher acidity and a singular linearity to the palate.
A wine to drink and enjoy now or cellar for 10 or more years.
South block was planted to 100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay on our only southern facing site in 2002. Mendoza is a clone noted for its low phenolics, higher acidity, and hen and chicken bunch structure. Vine material was sourced from Leeuwin Estate, in WA it is the predominant Chardonnay clone.
2018 was an excellent vintage in the Yarra Valley. A slightly warmer season with a mild autumn allowed lovely flavour development with good balance. Cool nights and warm days gave perfect ripening conditions, with the fruit in excellent condition at harvest.Yields were 7 tonnes per hectare. Yields were 7 tonnes per hectare. The block ripens over later than other blocks due to the southerly aspect of this site.