Winemaker’s Notes: A cool year perfect for whites.

The fruit was harvested from two different locations, one

from a warmer and one from cooler site from low yielding

vines in the Yarra valley. The different parcels of grapes

were whole bunched/lightly air bag pressed or

crushed/airbag pressed – the crushed juice was oxidative

handled and racked to stainless steel tanks for overnight

settling, the clear juice then transferred in part to barrel and

in part to Stainless tank. The whole bunch juice was directly

transferred with its “solids” to the barrels for primary

fermentation. Each barrel was treated as an individual

batch; ferments were either cultured yeast or natural,

resulting in different flavour profiles. Each barrel was

bâtonnaged and blended after 12 months maturation in 

new (10%) and used French oak. Small parcels of malo-

lactic fermentation were performed in some barrels for

added complexity.

 

Tasting Note: Clear light yellow in colour with a green

hue, the wine is showing lifted stone and citrus fruit along

with some nutty aromatic nuances because of bottle age.

There are aromas of roasted nuts, slight match strike and a

hint of vanilla oak covering up the fruit. The palate shows

citrus, grapefruit and white peach mingling with hints of

cashew nuts. This is wrapped in a creamy texture that is dry

with crisp but gentle, firm acid at the finish. An elegant

wine with balance and finesse that has the potential to age

and develop further complexity in the bottle

 

Cellaring: at least 10 years

Cuvée Stephen Thomson CHARDONNAY 2017

$59.00Price
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