Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Our 5 blocks of mature Chardonnay vines were hand-harvested in the cool of dawn over 3 days to ensure the optimal flavour profiles of each block were captured. Once a robust fermentation was underway, the wine was racked to an assortment of premium Bordeaux and Burgundian oak barriques with a combination of toasting levels and methods. Only brand new French oak is used to balance and enhance the powerful fruit flavours our Chardonnay consistently achieves. Upon completion of primary fermentation the 100% brand new French oaked wine is allowed to mature on undisturbed lees for 8 months prior to bottling. Malolactic fermentation and battonage were avoided to retain the primary fruit qualities and freshness crucial to our style of Chardonnay. Barrels selected for the Reserve wine displayed an elegance of fruit and length of palate representative of the 2013 vintage and balanced by a backbone of complex oak. Our first Reserve Chardonnay has had 28 months of bottle maturation in our underground climate controlled cellar ensuring a perfectly integrated, delicious and complex wine on release which will age graciously for many years to come.