This Chardonnay was hand picked off our 40 year old vines near the front gate of the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and lightly pressed to tank. In tank it was allowed to settle then racked to new, 1 and 2 year old French oak barrels and topped up with 4% lees to increase autolysis which contributes a creamy texture. Fermentation was undertaken and was allowed to warm up to 25°C to increase flinty-matchstick notes. The wine was then matured in oak for 7 months, then lightly fined with skim milk, stabilized, filtered and bottled under screw cap.
The 2016 vintage is regarded as a classic Hunter Valley vintage, with ideal warm growing conditions leading up to vintage followed by a burst of wet weather in late February. Good vineyard management and winemaking has resulted in some of the best wines we’ve made.
Enjoy now or up to 7 years.
Straw yellow with green hues.
Lifted aromas of green apple and white peach with hints of nutty oak.
The palate is fresh and juicy with flavours of apple and nectarine with a crisp line of acidity and a textured, creamy mouth feel.