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 98 vintage was warm and dry up to the end of the first week of April providing the conditions for generously flavoured Chardonnay. However cool wet weather followed and we were delighted to have our Chardonnay safely picked on the 8th of April prior to the difficult weather. It is my belief that the best vineyards ripen earliest and in 1998 this certainly proved of great benefit for us. Low crops on healthy but not overvigorous vines are the keys to early ripening.
A fine flavoured wine of excellent depth of flavour. More restrained than the 97. Needs time to show its best attributes. In style not unlike the 95.
AromaFresh, complex, creamy fruit with subtle melon and nut overtones. Hints of toasty oak.
PalateA 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.
The prerequisites for graceful ageing are freshness, concentration, delicacy and balance. This wine has all of these elements and I am confident that it will, as with previous vintages, reward patience. My feeling is that it will be at its flavour peak 2004 to 2008 .
Best drunk cool between 5 and 12°C