• 24 – 26 Medhurst Road, Gruyere, Yarra Valley, Victoria 3770

  • (03) 5964 9022

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  • Medhurst Estate Vineyard

    2015 Chardonnay

    A pure expression of site and season

    • $38.00

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    About the Range

    A pure expression of our site and the season.

    The Season

    Higher than average winter rains in 2014 set the tone for a benchmark Yarra Valley vintage in 2015. The defining feature was the mild and dry spring, allowing for excellent conditions for flowering and fruit set. The balanced crop was then allowed to ripen under optimum summer conditions, again mild and dry, but with rain at the right times. In fact the only significant rain was 55mm on Friday February 13th, of course. More than enough to freshen the canopy and settle the dust on our free-draining slopes. Grapes were handpicked without haste, when the fruit flavours were vibrant and expressive and the acids and sugars in balance. Above all the wines show great purity, tension and charm.

    Winemaking

    On the 23rd and 24th of February grapes were picked from the lower yielding middle and top part of our east/west slope at A block. The soil is more shallow, gravelly here and flavours are subtle, powerful and mineral/soil derived. After hand-picking, the grapes were placed overnight in the coolroom and chilled to 5 degrees. Allowing any oxidative/enzymatic reactions to slow and for the indigenous yeasts on the fruit to start building mass. Grapes were then whole-bunch pressed the following morning and racked with full solids to French oak barriques and puncheons (38% new). Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasted around one month. No battonage and no MLF, the wine was bottled with minimal filtration on February 6th.

    Tasting Notes

    Brilliant very pale straw, some luminescent greens. The nose is highly restrained, subtle with hints of grapefruit, ginger spice and lime. The palate is poised, lively and full of purpose. The earth derived pithiness is wrapped in powerful white peach fruit and framed with zesty, frisky natural acids. Large format Vosges and Troncais oak is in the background and ensures the structure and integrity of the wine is in place for at least 6-8years in bottle.
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    95 Points, James Halliday 2017

Medhurst Estate Vineyard