‘A Boy with Fruit’ 2014 Chardonnay – case

$384.00

This antique style of chardonnay has a balance of savoury, spice and fruit character all concerted with the new and old French and Hungarian oak.

The nose has notes of dried stone fruit, mango, honey and acacia flower nectar. The palate comes alive with only subtle fruit notes of apricot, baked apple, nougat and spice also has gentle savoury notes of sweet-sappy-tree bark, Chinese jasmine tea and nuts.

Description

My ‘A Boy with Fruit’ Orange 2014 Chardonnay was made antique style like they did 100’s of years ago.

My chardonnay grapes were sourced from two locations in the Orange region in NSW: Gordon Hill Vineyard (higher altitude – cooler climate), and Belgravia (lower altitude – warmer climate), with 3.5 tonnes of fruit from each.

Gordon Hill Vineyard – fermented de-stemmed, foot-trod on skins for 14 days long and cool and pressed off straight into old, new and reconditioned french oak and brand new Hungarian oak hogs for 21 months. Barrels stirred monthly on total gross lees.

Belgravia Vineyard – foot-trod whole-bunches and berries on skins for 21 days which was a considerably cooler, longer more aromatic ferment. Oak treatment was exactly the same for 21 months with barrels regularly (battonage) stirred monthly.

The wines were combined for their various properties to complete the blend into tank. The wines were very lightly filtered, which accounts for the cloud and sediment, which will settle out in time if left. Be careful not to disturb the sediment when aging, as it is settling out – it is also adding complexity and flavour to the profile.

2014 Chardonnay Tasting Notes

This chardonnay was made in an old-world creation style, of fermenting on skins for 9, 11 and 21 days then pressed off into 50% new French and Hungarian and old French Oak barrels for 21 months. Wine was not filtered or fined, just barrels blended then bottled so Sur-lees ageing will continue in the bottle to produce the signature biscuity-nougat and plump fruit and nuts character that will continue for a decade or more.
This wine is rich, creamy and thick with incredible depth and flavour – this is not your usual chardonnay, and was never meant to be. Aromas of glace pineapple and mango, roasted nuts and brioche on the nose deliver much of the same on the palate along with subtle citric fruit notes of tangerine peel and rock melon and mandarin juice along with honey, nougat and jasmine tea.


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