2017 Mount Crawford Chardonnay
Pale gold with slight green hue. Notes of ripe peach and stone fruits, rock melon, subtle baking spice and cashew nutty oak. The ripe stone fruits carry through onto the medium bodied palate, along with subtle yeast notes and a touch of savoury French oak. The palate manages to balance the ripe stone fruits and subtle oak with lively acid and subtle phenolic that maintain a vibrancy along the palate and add another textural dimension to the finish.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of the fruit. After fermentation the yeast lees were stirred for 6 weeks (battonage). Post fermentation the wine was stabilized, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and elegant, expressive wines.
Bronze at 2017 Barossa Wine Show