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2018 Chardonnay

VARIETAL 
Chardonnay

ORIGIN OF VARIETAL 
Burgundy, France

VINTAGE
2018

TASTING NOTES
The fruit for this wine is sourced solely from our vineyard in Seville. All fruit is hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. Three chardonnay clones now make up Payne’s Rise Chardonnay.

Mendoza clone provides two thirds with the remaining parcel of fruit from Burgundian clones Bernard 76 and ENTAV 1066. A fine balance between sugars, acids and flavour is being achieved with the blend. All fruit was hand-picked in the morning and immediately whole bunch pressed. No enzymes are used instead the juice is allowed to settle naturally.

There were approximately three different ferments, these were allowed to start naturally on full solids. After a select period of time, the juice was inoculated with cultured yeast then transferred to wood (30% new) for fermentation.

The wine is then left on lees for approximately 10 months. Just before bottling all batches are blended, cold stabilized, fined and filtered.

The 2018 season has resulted in a wine that is totally expressive of the Upper Yarra season and highlights the unique attributes of our site, clonal selection and vineyard.

Elegant yet complex. Racy acidity, layers of flavour from stone to citrus. Grapefruit, white peach, lemon zest, crisp acidity, spice & subtle cedary oak. 

Juicy & vibrant, soft & flavoursome.

REVIEWS 

95 Points Halliday Wine Companion 

Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (30% new), matured for 10 months. Lovely chardonnay, bright, fresh and long. White peach, grapefruit, cashew and crisp acidity come together in the benison of oak. James Halliday 

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