Our Saxonvale Vineyard has 40 year old chardonnay vines planted on the volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill. Low yielding with shaded canopies creates fine flavoured grapes. The mealy complex nature of the wine provides for interesting aged complexities if you can wait. This modern Australian chardonnay shows the perfect balance of funky natural ferment derived aromas, while still remaining bright and sprightly.
Even with all the secondary and tertiary flavours from fermentation and aging, this wine still has a fresh citrus nose and strong grapefruit flavor. The luscious texture is balanced by well integrated oak, great minerality and a long persistent finish.
Block 2 (planted 1983)
This wine was picked at lower sugar to keep its leaner structure and citrus overtones and fermented in separate components using solids, natural yeasts, barrel fermentation and higher ferment temperatures at various levels to create further complexity. Fresh honey and vanilla on the palate provided by new French oak and a textural creaminess from extended lees contact and stirring follows through onto a nutty finish The style of the wine allows for early drinking but the opportunity is to allow this wine to age
Food Pairing Notes
Crispy Pork belly, Confit Duck