Spring is almost upon us, let’s bring it in with our new release 2022 RIKARD Chardonnay.
We had a wealth of vineyard options and picks to choose from in the making of our Chardonnays in 2022, and quality was excellent across the board.
We individually fermented parcels selected ...from four separate vineyards across the Orange region, ranging between 850 to 1000m ASL. Each was handpicked and treated gently in winery, with care made to not intervene in the natural winemaking process.
Wild yeast ferments, minimal use of sulphur, natural malolactic fermentation, zero use of fining agents or winemaking additives – all these processes were utilised to express the terroir of each site and of the vintage.
The RIKARD (blue label) Chardonnay is made from a selection of these different vineyard parcels which we thought best suited the style of the label. Slightly warmer sites, later, riper picks, yellow fruited clones of Chardonnay and components with good phenolic structure.
Nose is showing roasted lemon, Mirabelle plum, white nectarine and a hint of ginger. There’s are lovely shortcrust pastry aroma, with sweet caramel oak hints and popcorn.
A complex, well weighted palate with plenty of interest and layers. Tropical fruits and white peach fill the mid-palate, with lemon curd and hazelnuts interplaying.
Texturally, it’s grainy and with good grip which helps hold things together. Oak tannin is supportive only, adding a nice timbery, caramel note.
The finish remains light and long – the acid profile zesty throughout.
Available now to buy online or join us at the winery to taste.
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