A small parcel of carefully tended vines of Chardonnay fruit was harvested from the Tolley Vineyard in Woodside on the 22nd of March 2022. The seasonal characters of the Bernard 95 clone this vintage were exceptional & specifically chosen for this vintage.
Handpicked grapes were gently whole bunch pressed to seasoned French oak barrels using free-run juice only. A high solid, 50% wild yeast ferment followed, giving the wine texture and complexity. The wine underwent partial Malo-lactic (approx.. 15%) fermentation with weekly batonage (stirring) for approximately 11 months before bottling.
A complex bouquet with stone fruit aromas. Using quality French oak (10% new), a nicely textured wine persisting white stone fruit flavours – white peach & pear, with hints of citrus and lemon blossom. A medium-full bodied style with subtle and restrained oak.