2013 Geoff Merrill Wickham Park Chardonnay
The colour is a pale straw with youthful green hues. The aroma is fresh and vibrant displaying citrus, light nectarine and some melon with subtle toasted oak. The palate shows fresh clean fruits with a creaminess courtesy of the small proportion of French oak fermented Chardonnay in the blend. Overall the wine has plenty of diverse flavour with well balanced acid, smooth mouthfeel and oak complexity which will complement many food styles.
The 2013 vintage was a welcome return to a fairly ‘normal’ vintage after the extremely low yields of 2012 and record wet of 2011. We had good winter and spring rains and only a small reduction in yield across a few varieties. The ripening period had a small heat ‘hiccup’ but the vines made it through unscathed and ripening continued extremely well enabling us to pick at full flavour ripeness.