Five years ago, we planted a new block of Chardonnay where we used to grow our Gewurztraminer at the Dry River Estate vineyard. In 2019, we harvested the first crop, approx. 750 kg, of this new block. Already it is showing promise for coming years as a replacement for our ageing Dry River Estate Chardonnay, planted in 1984.
Though we had a fantastic summer and autumn, we experienced a little less heat compared to 2018. The 2019 wine is, therefore, more restrained, not so overt in the aromatics. Golden kiwi fruit and pineapple are toned back by chalk and wet stone with a cream-like edge. Lemon curd and lime sorbet keep the aromatics fresh and shy.
The palate mimics the nose, with a mineral focus and a tight acidity. This keeps the mouthfeel elongated, narrow and salivating. Twelve months in barrel and a further three months in tank, on lees, provides soft texture and movement filling out the mid-palate before the fresh acidity squeezes the wine in towards the back palate, making it long lingering.
Expect to cellar for approximately five to seven years before drinking.