The fruit was harvested in ideal weather and in perfect condition. A ferment with a total of 10 months in barrel before bottling has given us a wine which is a bright light straw colour touched with greenish hues and a nose initially showing citrus, white peach – possibly freesias – and supported with soft mealy notes. The palate follows on from the nose: sleek, crisp flavours of grapefruit and white peach with a long clean aftertaste – it is precise and elegant. I expect this to be a longer term Chardonnay, varietal in its youth and set to take on a mantle of richness and complexity from about 2013 on. As with all our wines, white or red, at most stages of maturation it will benefit from decanting a few hours prior to drinking.
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