Our first Chardonnay wine from Lenswood was made in 1996.
Our style is now well established and is based upon ripe fruit with the multi-layered complexity derived from barrel fermentation, extended yeast lees contact in the barrel and malolactic fermentation.
These are wines of power yet with subtlety, not fruit dominated but of great complexity and length. The fine, creamy richness fills the mouth with lingering flavour.
The 2000 vintage was a year in which we benefitted by having low crop levels. A warm and wet February was followed by a cool March . We harvested the Chardonnay on 30th of March with crop levels just below 2kg per vine. Low crops on healthy but not overvigorous vines are the keys to early ripening and I am sure we would have struggled if the crops were higher.
A fine flavoured wine of excellent depth of flavour. Similar to 98 in style. Needs time to show its best attributes.
AromaFresh, complex, creamy fruit with subtle melon and nut overtones. Hints of toasty oak.
PalateCrip, tight, fine and subtle. Concentrated but not big. A wine of freshness and delicacy.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Oak Maturation12 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France and Vosges. Half new oak and half second use.
Freshness, concentration, delicacy and balance with crisp acidity are the keys for ageable wines. This wine has all of these elements and I am confident that it will age well. I believe it will be at its flavour peak 2004 to 2008 .
Best drunk cool between 5 and 12°C