The previous vintage of this exciting wine won 2018 Best Chardonnay at the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association Wine Show, and the pedigree of this wine continues, winning three trophies at the 2019 Victoria Wine Awards, including “Best Wine in Show”.
Lemon and Lime sherbet, white peach, chalk and slate, apple blossom, together with some roasted almonds and hazelnuts. There’s some brioche and gentle oak aromas just to round out the package.
Juicy nectarine and peach flavours are supported by quenching acidity, together with a mineral lick and generous texture from the lees work. This is a delicious Chardonnay with hallmark Pennon Hill qualities exhibiting great varietal definition and regional expression.
Hand-harvested fruit is whole bunch pressed directly to French oak barriques (29% new). No SO2 is added until bottling, consequently, there is oxidative juice handling throughout the vinification period. A considered amount of solids is maintained in the ferment.
Following wild fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation brings the natural acidity back into check and the wine is then left to mature on lees; stirred when appropriate following appraisal to enhance flavour and texture. The wine is aged for 9 months in oak prior to blending and bottling.
Bottled December 17, 2018