Produced from two wonderful sites in the Adelaide Hills, Echunga & Kenton Valley. Tight and beautifully focused while rich, weighted and full of flavour. Whole bunch pressed to French oak to undergo a full solids barrel fermentation, lees stirred with minimal sulphur. A classic interpretation of barrel fermented Chardonnay.
A warm, compressed growing season reduced volume, and the fruit yielded was incredibly concentrated. And it shows. A lick of pungent flintiness segues almost immediately to a melody of stone fruit flavours and a creamy core of praline to vanilla pod oak scents, nestled into the fray. Mid-weighted and palate-staining of intensity, yet there is nothing blowsy about it. With zero pH adjustments, it is dutifully fresh, long and finely poised between imminent pleasure and the potential for greater complexity across a short-term cellaring window. A striking wine. 95 Points – Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2021