Wet stone, citrus – lemon and lime, green apple and crunchy pear. A pure fruit expression, the palate is tight, energetic, refreshing with a pithy and chalky finish. Tightly coiled in its youth, it will be great to watch it mature over time. Chardonnay is something we don’t cellar enough of in Australia.
Hand harvested, the fruit was chilled overnight and whole bunch pressed with the juice run directly to barrel, oxidatively handled, no additions except being inoculated with a selected yeast. The strain chosen for its expression of fruit purity. One 600L (Demi-muid) barrel, 3 years of age, mostly left untouched on its yeast lees for 10 months before clarification and bottling.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.
Vines: The inaugural bottling of a Carrodus Chardonnay comes from an impressive but small planting of the Burgundy import clone 95, selected by R. Bernard in 1986, it arrived in Australia in 1988. It is highly regarded for producing wines with a fine elegant style.
Cellaring: A compact wine in its youth made with longevity in mind, easily a 5-10 year cellaring window when stored under suitable conditions. Bottled with screwcap to maintain freshness.
Analysis: 13.5 % Alc.
This is the inaugural vintage of Carrodus Chardonnay.