This Chardonnay was hand picked off our 40 year old vines near the front gate of the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and lightly pressed to tank. In tank it was allowed to settle then racked to new, 1 and 2 year old French oak barrels and topped up with 4% lees to increase autolysis which contributes a creamy texture. Fermentation was undertaken and was allowed to warm up to 25°C to increase flinty-matchstick notes. The wine was then matured in oak for 7 months, then lightly fined with skim milk, stabilized, filtered and bottled under screw cap.
The 2017 vintage will be regarded as a great Hunter Valley vintage, with ideal warm growing conditions leading up to vintage. After some spring and early summer rains, the vines were healthy and had plenty of foliage. Very dry and hot summer conditions with temperatures over 40 degrees meant the tannin and flavour profile of the fruit was allowed to fully mature. The 2017 white and red wines will be full of flavour and highly sought after.
Enjoy now or up to 7 years.
Straw yellow with green hues.
Lifted aromas of green pear, nectarine and grapefruit with hints of nutty oak.
The palate is fresh and zesty with flavours of apple and nectarine with a crisp line of acidity and a textured, creamy mouth feel.