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2013 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 Mount Barker Chardonnay

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If you're holding a special dinner party and want to impress your guests, this cracking little Chardonnay from W.A. is just the thing you need!

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaking: The top rows of Block 8 were hand harvested over two days. The whole bunch grapes were chilled overnight before pressing. The small amount of free run was pressed to new and second fill French Oak barriques for fermentation with wild yeast. Fermentation was held at cool temperatures to retain as much of the natural freshness as possible. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, the barrels were lees stirred weekly to build texture with only partial natural malolactic fermentation. After 10 months in barrel, the wine was blended and fined with isinglass before bottling and bottle aged before release.

Vintage Notes: The 2013 growing season and vintage provided many challenges for growing and winemaking in the Great Southern region. Hot spells throughout the summer months, particularly late December and January, saw little rain (just 27mm) until harvest. This particularly hot and dry period put stress on some blocks to maintain crop level. Though the dry spell brought harvest dates forward, all of Forest Hill’s dry grown blocks retained intrinsic natural acidity and consistent flavour profile and tannin structure.

Tasting Notes: Bright straw. Complex array of fresh stone fruit, and floral notes with hints of flint. White nectarine, citrus and almond flavours persist on the palate. A powerful mineral finish driven by natural acidity.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2013 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 Mount Barker Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Hand-picked, chilled, free-run juice pressed to French oak (40% new) for cool fermentation and 10 months maturation. An ultra-elegant and fine Chardonnay with grapefruit, melon and white peach fruit in a seamless stream running through the long, perfectly balanced palate, the oak having been effortlessly absorbed.
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Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says

Winemaker and viticulture team of Clemence and Lee Haselgrove were in full flight of defining the style of Forest Hill Chardonnay in 2013. A formidable era for the extraordinary vineyard too. Young winemaker Guy Lyons from Forest Hill is a bit of a dude, seems determined to maintain the strength of the wines. Great to see youthful vitality following through from what many rationalise was a pretty big loss in the exit of key personnel.

Very perfumed, for Chardonnay, quite evocative in sandalwood, rose petal, dusting of cinnamon, green apple, gently toasted almonds. Suppleness in texture, smooth, almost feathery through its length, set on very brisk acidity but shows sumptuous savouriness in nut paste, halva-like character. Length is remarkable; flavours linger, as does mouthwatering acidity. Superb wine. Such grace.

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James Suckling (2013 Vintage) says
Layered and explosive with lots of dried fruit, cooked apple and yogurt character. Full body, deep and flavourful. Classic high-toned Aussie Chardonnay.
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