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From an old vineyard at the gateway to Pokolbin, our Chardonnay is fruit driven and elegant finishing with a lovely creamy oak balance.
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From a year of incredible extremes including excessive heat, with multiple days above 45 degrees every month at the beginning of the year. This has meant lower yields across all of our varieties, but a definite increase in weight and flavour profiles.
Twenty Six Rows Chardonnay has been inspired by a parcel of fruit from one of the Hunter Valleys most iconic vineyards going back some 30 years, the De Bortoli Vineyard, located at the gateway to Pokolbin. We harvested on the 18th & 19th January 2017, which is earler than previous years. We crushed and pressed the fruit, with a portion sent directly to oak for natural wilde ferment, while the remainder was settled, then racked after 48 hours. A portion of this wine was fermented in stainless steel, whilst the balance went to a mix of old and new oak barrels, for approximately 6 months. Wilde ferment and heavy solids have given this wine great concentration of flavour and texture.
Early picked Chardonnay has ensured the retention of natural acidity and citrus flavours to balance the depth and richness from the barrel ferment and regular lees stirring that followed. After the success of the 2016, there is a little apprehension in showing this wine, but we are excited by its prospects. The 2017 is bright and crisp with the nose offering apricots, pawpaw & lychees and a subtle flintiness. The palate follows through with a mealy, almost nutty character, doughy pastry and crisp tropical flavours whilst being deliciously textured. A wine that embraces it subtleties and will age and come out of its shell as time goes by.
We are enjoying the Chardonnay with roast pork and all the trimmings.
A great wine drinking now, but definitely leave it in the cellar if you can for 5+ years.
pH 3.24 TA 6.7g/l
Bottled November 16th, 2017