Our Black Label Chardonnay is only made in exceptional vintages, utilising the best fruit of the vintage to create an elegant wine that is fine-boned, subtle and restrained. It is made to be delicate and pretty, held by a persistent spine of acid in its youth. Whilst approachable young, it should slowly unravel with time to reveal even greater depth and complexity.
2018 was a warm vintage for Chardonnay in Orange. A relatively cool year, it produced wines with great delicacy and elegance.
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On the nose of the 2017 there’s an intense interplay between citrus blossom, creamed honey, toast and savouriness – all in equal measure. It is married with tight grain French oak.
The palate gives more of the same all dancing around the central spine of acidity. Some nougat, some flint, oatmeal and texture and you have a symphony in your mouth. Seamless and refreshing.
Fruit averaged from 1000m above sea level.
3 x separate picks in March 2017.
Clones I10V1 & I10V5.
All handpicked into 10kg picking baskets.
Fruit chilled overnight then whole bunch pressed.
Racked to barrel with full solids.
Wild yeast ferment in 225L barriques (33% new French oak)
A lower pressings component than the 2017 Chardonnay.
Full natural malolactic fermentation.
Lees stirred fortnightly for 3 months then monthly after.
12 months maturation.
Racked & blended March 2018.
Settled in tank for a 2nd Winter.
Bottled September 2018
“Yellow and vibrant colour from centre to rim. Caramel and cashews, the faintest tease of oyster-shell. Oak is classy. Artifice wrestling with fruit. A deft hand at play. Citrus tang grows in this as it warms in the glass. Complex and compelling”.
93 points. Nick Butler – The Real Review