2017 Vanguardist Chardonnay
SOURCED FROM BOWE-LEES-LOVEYS
WOODSIDE, ADELAIDE HILLS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
I was one of many who thought Corbett mad when he picked the fruit for this wine at an edgy 11.5 degrees Baume, but going at the earliest suggestion of ripeness has paid off. The wine is thrillingly taut and high-toned with a sparkling, crystalline edge, but somehow manages to also deliver a degree of mid-palate richness and texture that defies the numbers. It's jaw-droppingly good.
Nick Ryan, The Australian
Milky, aniseed and bruised apple, with floral scents, maybe some citrus. It’s light and tangy, plenty of crunch and flavour, despite its delicate frame, subtle chalky texture, lemon and rind, bell-clear acidity, excellent line and length. There’s a touch of cider edginess, yet it’s clean and fresh. So refreshing and good to drink. Hard to not to race through it, though it’s more than just yum: it has complexity and energy. Yes.
94 POINTS - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Our Chardonnay fruit was hand harvested from the Bowe-Lees and Loveys Vineyards in Woodside, Adelaide Hills which lies 390 metres above sea level.
Foot crushed at the winery and held cold for several days prior to pressing. Post pressing, this wine was transferred with full solids to a mixture of 3-5 year old barriques then fermented naturally and left on full lees prior to being racked by gravity a couple of times in December.
95 dozen made
TA: 6.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: <1g/L