Chardonnay has always been a favourite variety of mine.
When we embarked on this crazy adventure and began on our wine journey, we always wanted to make a Chardonnay. Which proved challenging being based in Heathcote, as there were very little Chardonnay plantings in the region.
Telling everyone and anyone who would listen, we were put in touch with the Shelmerdine Family just before our first 2018 vintage – they had a small parcel of Chardonnay fruit available, from their vineyard in Tooborac. Being a significantly cooler pocket of Heathcote, this inimitable site was perfect for Chardonnay as the fruit could ripen more slowly, whilst keeping mineral freshness and bright acidity.
Harvested by hand on 10 March 2020, the fruit had bright acid and freshness. Following a delicate press, the wine was fermented in barriques with 25% in new French (Vicard) oak.
Vineyard: Merindoc Vineyard; altitude 321m
Harvest: 10 March 2020; picked by hand
Aged: In seasoned oak, 8 months
Bottled: December 2020
Palate: Pear and apple blossom. Mineral freshness, with a subtle buttery mid-palate. An old friend, whom you haven’t seen in a while.