This Chardonnay has aromas of stone fruits and good complexity from barrel fermentation. It is ready to drink now.
REGION: Yarra Valley, Victoria The Yarra Valley is a cool climate wine region first planted in 1838. The region can be divided into two quite different sub-regions: the valley floor, with soils of sandy clay loam interspersed with broken sandstone, and the Upper Yarra Valley, which is generally cooler and has areas of bright red volcanic loam. Elevations vary between 50 and 400m.
VINE TO GLASS: Two premium vineyards provided the fruit for this wine. Highbow Hill Vineyard is planted on hills outside Yarra Glen and Coombe Farm is in Coldstream on the Yarra Valley floor. Vintage 2014 was a difficult one throughout the Yarra Valley and a very small harvest began quite early, in late February, when this Chardonnay was picked. This wine was fermented and aged in a mix of old and new French oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES: The nose shows stones fruits and lifted barrel ferment aromas of cashew nut and bacon. The medium weight palate has plenty of spicy fruit flavour and just enough grape skin character to fill out the palate. Food match – Tandoori chicken.