2015 Harewood Estate Reserve Chardonnay
RRP $38.50 per bottle
Our Price $26.99
$161.94 (6 x 750ml)
Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed, mainly cultured yeast with some wild fermentation, matured in French barriques and puncheons (40% new) for 10 months. A tightly furled chardonnay that does, however, have complexity, line, length and balance; grapefruit/citrus elements are in the box seat, oak building mouthfeel and broadening the flavour profile.Drink by 2022
Winemaking: This estate grown Chardonnay is handpicked and whole bunch pressed resulting in the most pristine, high quality juice. The juice is barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second use water-bent French oak barriques. We use several yeast strains, including wild yeast, to add to the layers of complexity. A small proportion of the barrels are lees stirred weekly, and allowed to undergo the secondary malolactic fermentation, introducing a savoury and textural intensity to the finished wine. The wine spends between 11 months in barrel before minimal fining and bottling.
Tasting Note: A brilliant, fresh, green straw colour. A complex, perfumed nose of citrus and fresh nectarines balanced by toasty french oak and a savoury cashew barrel ferment character. The use of free-run juice has produced an impressively elegant cool climate Chardonnay, achieving a perfect balance between delicate fruit flavours, texture and length. Initial flavours of grapefruit and stone fruit lead to a richer and more textured mid palate that finishes with lingering citrus acidity balanced by spicy French oak.
Cellaring: Drinking well on release, the Harewood Estate Reserve Chardonnay will reward those allowing a 1-2 year rest in the bottles, giving the wine time to show its full character. The wine can be cellared mid term in good conditions.