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 99 vintage was warm but rain in the latter part of March slowed ripening. We were fortunate to have a spell of sunny weather from the 28th of March until the 30th when we picked the Chardonnay. The ripe flavour was excellent and achieved at slightly lower sugar levels than the previous 2 years. Sugar at harvest was 12.1°Be compared to 12.6°Be in 1998 and 13.4°Be in 1997. Natural acids were a little higher than those in 97 and 98.
A fine flavoured wine of excellent depth of flavour. Ripe and robust but still restrained when compared with most Australian Chardonnays. One of our more opulent wines.
AromaFresh, complex, melon fruit with subtle cream, spice and nut overtones. Hints of oak
PalateA wine of freshness and delicacy. Dry, crisp and long flavour.
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.
Best drunk cool between 5 and 12°C