From 20-year-old estate vines, the 2016 was handpicked and whole cluster pressed directly to French oak barrique (12% new) for a natural ferment. The wine underwent full malo and spent the following nine months in barrel, on lees. Bottled without fining or filtration, on the nose there’s fresh nectarine, lemon curd and a dusting of roasted nuts. Focused and chiselled, the palate is tangy and pithy with layers of citrus and crunchy stone fruits. Superb winemaking brings out some mealy, layered seduction. This is Peter Dredge’s first Meadowbank Chardonnay and what an opening salvo.