Bicknell FC Applecross Chardonnay 2021


From a 330m elevation vineyard in the Upper Yarra. Whole-bunched pressed to older puncheons. Natural fermentation and no mlf. A touch riper and more concentrated than last year’s version. Aromas of red apples and just-ripened orchard fruits with a little flint. Fans out nicely on the palate. Gently savoury and with a touch of grip on the long, saline finish. 96 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion

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Bicknell FC is the label of Nicky Harris and David Bicknell, chief winemaker at Oakridge. David Bicknell is one of Australia’s greatest winemakers and we have had many a superb cellared bottle contest between Oakridge and Bicknell FC.

All the fruit is from a close planted vineyard at Gladysdale, planted in 1988. This is an exceptionally cool site, perfect for making fresh, intense and vivid wines.You could not have hoped for a better spot in the Upper Yarra. The site has great diurnal range, warm days and cool nights, and despite the elevation is able to consistently produce full flavoured and fleshy wines due to its rich volcanic soil. Tiny quantities only, with 1.Ha of Chardonnay and 1.5ha of Pinot Noir, with a few hundred dozen made in any given vintage.

Winemaking is simple and classic. Wild unhurried cool ferments, absolutely no additions apart from small quantities of sulphur, ageing in used wood and for the reds, minimal punchdowns. Casks are rigorously topped up and the maturing process is kept short, retaining freshness and a certain structural angularity so well suited to Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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