The 2017 Punt Road Chardonnay comes from an exceptional year for white wines on our site delivering not only delicious fruit flavours but also the important structural acidity and savouriness.
The wine is purely off the old blocks of the Napoleone vineyard, planted between 1987 and 2001 using the I10V1 clone. A lot of work has been done in the vineyard to improve canopy structure and density with the result being longer ripening periods, fresher fruit flavour and more intensity.
We picked a touch riper than usual in 2017 and allowed natural ferment in 300 litre French oak puncheons with full solids (15% new oak). 60% of the barrels went through malolactic fermentation adding texture. The I10V1 clone of Chardonnay loves MLF and you also see lovely savouriness coming through as a result. Regular lees stirring in barrel completed the picture.
“Notes of lime pith and jasmine. On the palate, notes of lime, vanilla and white peach combine to make an elegant, harmonious wine”
Tim Shand, Head Winemaker