Gosh, it’s all going on! Yellow peach, buttered popcorn, lime, struck match and some oak spice. It feels rich, and there’s good tension, with a satiny feel that firms up a little as the wine glides through the mouth. Slightly mineral and saline to close. Waters Wine Co.
The grapes were harvested by hand and whole bunch-pressed directly to new, one-and two-year-old puncheons, with a smattering of barriques for good measure. We did no settling or fining. This juice was then very carefully neglected and allowed to undergo spontaneous fermentation, which kicked off on day five after pressing. After a four-week ferment the wine remained on gross lees unsulphured until August of that year. In November it was emptied from barrel, settled, filtered and bottled.
This wine is, unsurprisingly, super cool. It’s pale green, redolent of white stone fruits and the suggestion of flint and funk. Expressive and quite generous in comparison to 2019 – but the texture and length of flavour are to die for. Chardonnay is what Jesus made when he turned water into wine; it’s also why we winemakers have a God complex. Epicness unchained. – Julian & Alana Langworthy