The 2010 Reserve Chardonnay was grown at Bantry Grove Vineyard, Orange at 900 metres above sea level. The growing season was warmer than average allowing us to fully ripen the Chardonnay grapes to create a rich, fully flavoured style.
Partial wild and malolactic fermentation in top quality French oak with regular battonage (lees stirring) has added complex nutty characters to the peach/nectarine fruit flavours.
The palate has richness of flavour, fantastic texture, with beautiful peach/nectarine flavours.
A full, rich, and complex Chardonnay style that partners well with stronger flavoured foods such as coq au vin, roast chicken and veal.
Drink now to 2017.
"Gleaming straw-green; from the Bantry Grove vineyard, at an altitude of 900m, in Orange; total barrel fermentation, part wild, lees stirring and partial mlf all used; the wine has absorbed all of these imports, none obvious, and has excellent intensity, length and focus to its white peach and nectarine fruit, backed by some creamy cashew notes. Will age with distinction" James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013